At the Chandler Pain Clinic, we treat auto accident injuries differently, by focusing on the cause of the pain.
Auto accident injuries in Chandler are some of the most challenging injuries that we, or any other doctor’s office, face in our practice. The reason injuries sustained from auto accidents are challenging is due to the exchange of forces involved in the collision: you have vehicles weighing 4,000 to 6,000 lbs traveling at 10-70 mph abruptly stopping in a fraction of a second, with passengers being thrown in various directions at the same time. That is a lot of energy and it has to go somewhere, and a good deal of it enters the bodies of the occupants inside the car. Imagine a pool table with billiard balls on it. The player strikes the cue ball and it, in turn, strikes a numbered ball; all of the cue ball’s energy and speed goes into the numbered ball and the cue ball, as a result, stops dead. The vehicle on the receiving end of the collision is the numbered ball and all of the energy of the striking vehicle goes into it. A lot of the energy is absorbed by modern bumpers, crumple zones and air bags. However, there is still plenty of energy left over to injure the occupants.
That is why auto accident injuries are termed as ‘whiplash’ injuries, because the force of the collision striking a seated person causes their spine to be whipped back and forth like the tip of a whip. This ‘ whiplash’ motion strains and can even tear the muscles and ligaments; it can also damage and shift the vertebral bones that make up the spine (sublaxations). The spine is a very vulnerable area of the body because it houses and protects the spinal cord, which along with the brain, is part of the central nervous system. This system literally runs the entire body. This can result in severe injuries of the neck, back and shoulders, nerve damage, neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain and weakness, low back pain and spasms. Additionally, it can result in neurological symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, forgetfulness, and unfocused and aggressive behavior. Also, the longer you have these injuries, the more established and permanent they become. At this time, the injury becomes chronic and harder to resolve.
What the Chandler Pain Clinic does is remove the pain and help repair the injuries as quickly as we can. We do this by using combinations of Chiropractic, Therapy, Massage and Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) and by focusing our efforts on the actual cause of the symptoms, rather than just by treating the symptoms alone. Pain and other symptoms are your body’s alarm systems that tell us that something is wrong. If all the efforts are directed at the alarm and not at the actual fire, the house burns down. If we make positive changes at the specific injured site, we can fix the pain by fixing the problem, not just by masking it with drugs. Correcting the vertebral misalignments resolves the nerve pressure that causes the headache. This removes the scar tissue causing the constant muscle spasms, which, in turn, removes the joint irritation causing the inflammation and finally fixes the shoulder weakness. When you treat and remove the cause of the injury, your body, which is the best doctor in the world, is able to heal those structures. This is the only way for a permanent resolution with any injury. if you treat the effects of the injury, the symptoms, and not the actual cause, the pain will just keep coming back again and again.
This is how our clinic is different, our goal is to help by helping to fix the causes of the problems, not by simply managing them and thus allowing them to get worse over time.