Today we had a 59 year old patient come in the office that was having neck pain for years. She stated she had been in a car accident back in 1993 and received some care for her pain, but that she didn't continue care after the initial treatment of a few months.
We took x-rays. You won't believe what we found. Arthritis. Not just a little arthritis. A lot. Unfortunately she has arthritis so bad that I'm not sure how much we can help her at this point.
Why do some people have arthritis and others don't?
Often it can be because of a prior trauma suffered to the area. If that area is left untreated, then the body will not heal properly and it will lay down scar tissue. This can lead to permanent changes that are irreversible.
We have patients that come to us immediately after an accident. The odds of this patient not having chronic pain are dramatically reduced as long as they continue with their care.
What are some symptoms patient's experience after an accident?
Loss of memory
Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands or feet