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Killeen, TX Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Killeen, TX auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. DornEach year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a substantial number of people end up getting hurt in a collision. Although most crashes are "minor," chronic spine pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a fantastic way to address these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto collision patients in our Killeen, TX office, and Dr. Dorn has been helping people with these types of problems since 1998. During a car accident, your body is subjected to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in damage to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A collision can trigger a wide variety of pain issues.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured tissues.

Dr. Dorn Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Injury

Dr. Dorn, your Killeen, TX chiropractor, can assist by reducing irritation in the damaged area and can help decrease the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you recover or call Dr. Dorn today at (254) 690-7090.

 

Killeen, TX TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Killeen, TX TMJ Treatment by Dr. DornJaw pain is a fairly typical condition reported by many people after a car accident, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.

Dr. Dorn has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Dorn sees this very often in our Killeen, TX office.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Dorn will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Dorn has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you live in Killeen, TX and you've been injured in a car crash, Dr. Dorn can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1998, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

What causes persistent pain after a car wreck?

Killeen, TX neck pain and headache treatmentApproximately 2.3 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Killeen, TX office. Fortunately, Dr. Dorn is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Dorn immediately is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Pain After a Car crash

Dr. Dorn has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Killeen, TX office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Killeen, TX auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries fairly quickly, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Killeen, TX office. Fortunately, Dr. Dorn is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic care and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Dorn at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Collision

Dr. Dorn has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Killeen, TX office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Killeen, TX Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Killeen, TX headache care by Dr. DornWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Dorn and our staff have worked with many patients in our Killeen, TX chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering from headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The study found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The investigation also found that these results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Dorn a call today at our Killeen, TX office at (254) 690-7090. We're here to help get you relief.

Research

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Killeen, TX Back Pain Treatment

Killeen, TX back pain treatment by Dr. DornMost of us suffer from back ache at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Dorn and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Killeen, TX office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah confirms what our Killeen, TX patients have reported: your Killeen, TX chiropractor is the best first choice for an episode of back pain.

In this paper, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each person was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the authors discovered is that the subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Dorn and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Dorn Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Killeen, TX office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Killeen, TX Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Neck pain is a common condition after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Dorn sees frequently in our Killeen, TX office. Why is neck pain such a common condition after a car accident? How can chiropractic care help you get better?

The neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto injury, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your neck are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured tissues gets inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Dorn has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Call us today at (254) 690-7090 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Killeen, TX Headache Treatment by Dr. DornMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headaches, and ones that Dr. Dorn and the staff here in our Killeen, TX chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The researchers reported that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Clients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Killeen, TX and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Dorn today at (254) 690-7090 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Killeen, TX Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Dorn is here to make sure that people in Killeen, TX have a healthy, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you out of the operating room completely.

In this report, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings imply that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical procedures.

If you live in the Killeen, TX area, Dr. Dorn can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common condition after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Dorn sees often in our Killeen, TX office. Let's look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help you recover.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that pass through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Killeen, TX Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Dorn will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

You don't have to suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Dorn is conveniently located in Killeen, TX to help you get better, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (254) 690-7090 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.