Treatment For Spinal Segmental Dysfunction After a Car Accident
Spinal segmental dysfunction is a fancy term that chiropractors use to describe a subluxation of the spine. Subluxation is defined as a minor break in the alignment of the vertebrae, or a misalignment. Everyone in the world has some sort of spinal subluxation at some point in their lives. Most people don’t even know they are living each day with spinal segmental dysfunction. Our spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with muscles, ligaments, and most importantly nerves running through them.
When we push our bodies past our allostatic load (the amount of stress we can handle) our bodies adapt and compensate by bracing/tightening muscles. This is a smart feature of the human body, because our body is essentially protecting itself from further damage by using the muscles to imobalize the affected area. This causes the joints to be torqued and pulled into a new position, and causes a subluxation. The subluxation causes a few things to happen, it causes inflammation or irritation around the nerve roots, and it can cause the facets to actually rub on one another during movement.
This will actually affect the function of the nerve itself, and cause degeneration of the facets. The nerves are comprised of a bunch of nerve fibers, with 45% running to muscles, 45% running to organs, and about 10% going to sensory ares for pain. Unfortunately pain is the last thing to show up, it is the last ditch effort of the body to let the brain know that something is not right. The problem is that most people are walking around with spinal segmental dysfunction and they don’t even know it. Their nerves are not allowing the muscles and organs to function optimally, however they don’t have pain it.
When we are involved in a car accident are bodies are torqued in many different directions. Our joints can be pushed to the limits during this quick period of time, often causing spinal segmental dysfunction. This causes muscles to brace and spasm around areas that are injured in the crash, often referred to as whiplash. Whiplash and spinal segmental dysfunction are the two main reasons why people feel so much pain after being involved in a car accident.
- Dull Ache In Localized Region
- Muscle Spasms
- Sharp Pain In the Arms and or Legs
- Numbness & Tingling In the Hands and Feet
Pain is usually a dull ache and pretty well localized to a specific region of the spine. Occasionally the pain will present as a sharp or burning sensation, and can radiate into the arms or legs. In sever cases patients report numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
If you have been involved in a car accident then you are probably experiencing some symptoms of spinal segmental dysfunction and/or whiplash. If you are experiencing pain put ice on it immediately, this will help to dull the pain and reduce the amount of inflammation around the nerve root.
The absolute best thing you can do for a when you have been involved in a car accident is to call the doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN. The doctors here specialize in moving joints and vertebrae back into the correct position after car accident injuries, taking irritation off the nerve roots. We get great results treating all sorts of injuries related to car accidents and have all the necessary tools for a quick recovery.