Posts Categorized as: Auto Injury

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.

 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

If you suffer from back pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Dorn sees this type of problem frequently in our Killeen, TX office. Why is back pain such a common problem after a car accident? How can chiropractic care help you recover?

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spine, the car seat can put uneven force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Dorn has helped many patients with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Dorn will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (254) 690-7090 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with shoulder pain after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Dorn sees this type of condition often in our Killeen, TX office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Dorn finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Killeen, TX office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Dorn has been helping patients in Killeen, TX since 1998, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (254) 690-7090 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

If you are suffering from headache after an auto collision, don't despair. Dr. Dorn sees this type of problem frequently in our Killeen, TX office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Dorn can help you.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Killeen, TX office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Dr. Dorn is here in Killeen, TX to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 1998 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Dorn will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (254) 690-7090 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.