As I discussed last time, most injuries that become chronic from Auto Accidents involve soft tissue injuries and the resultant inflammation and scar tissue/adhesions formation. If you have been in a car accident, whether it is a full on high speed collision where your car (and/or the other vehicle) was totaled or a minor “fender bender”, the chances of having soft tissue injury are significant. Why is that important to know? It’s important because everytime you injure soft tissue (we are talking about muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs) you damage that structure. The good thing to know is that every time soft tissue is damage whether from a car accident in Roseville or from a sports injury or fall, is that the tissue all goes through the same process of healing. All injuries heal. That is the good news, the bad news is that there are two ways these tissues can heal: !) The right way, and 2) The wrong way.
The best and easiest way to understand this concept is to think of someone who has broken his arm. In this case let’s say that the broken bone is slightly offset. Healing the right way would be to have someone (usually an orthopedic surgeon) approximate the bones, line them up, and then cast it. 6 weeks later the cast is removed, and x-ray is taken and the bone looks normal. Now take the other example of healing the wrong way. Instead of being set, the arm is simply left as it is and casted. 6 weeks later the bone is healed, the cast removed and a new x-ray is taken. This time the bone is healed, but it has healed crooked, misaligned, wrong.
A bone break is different than soft tissue injuries. When a broken bone heals, even if it heals wrong, it is still solid and repaired. When someone comes to a Car Accident Chiropractor in Roseville, at our office, with soft tissue injuries the goal is to make sure that the injury heals with normal function because unlike bone which is structural, all soft tissue is functional. Functional tissue has specific jobs to do. Ligaments stabilize joints posture, and structures, tendons attach muscle to joints and dictate the tone of the muscles, muscles contract and relax to move joints, discs provide shock absorption and create space for the spinal cord and nerves. These tissues all move and adapt. They stretch and contract.
When you are in a car accident and need a chiropractor, it is because these tissues have been damaged, and no longer perform the functions for which they are designed. Then inflammation moves in, scar tissue and adhesions are laid down, and the malfunction gets worse and worse until joint degeneration sets in and the condition becomes irreversible.
That is the main goal of our auto accident chiropractic in Roseville. As chiropractors and therapists, our goal is to make sure that the joints and surrounding soft tissue heal right, with minimal dysfunction due to adhesions and scar tissue. Through Chiropractic and massage, movement and exercise we can help the tissues heal with normal function so that the result is you have tissue that has healed the “right way” with no loss in function, and minimal degeneration.
So if you have been in a car accident in Roseville and want heal back to your pre-injury self, come to our auto accident chiropractic office in Roseville and have an exam and x-rays to see if you need some therapeutic care.