All Injury Rehab of North Dallas

Recent studies have shown that chronic neck pain (cervical pain) can be the result of a whiplash injury. In fact, a significant number of persons suffering acute neck pain following a car accident type collision developed chronic pain that lasted for years. Further, that a significant number of these patients succumb to partial or total disability. The facet joints being the most common source of the chronic pain.

The facet joints are small joints on each side of a vertebra that, along with the disc, stabilize the spine and allow bending, twisting and side to side movement. In a rear end automobile collision, the facet joints undergo a non physiologic pinching motion, with compression at the posterior and distraction of the anterior, usually coupled with shear. This abnormal stress on the joint can cause damage to the capsular structure around the joint, damage to the articulating structures of the joint itself, and even intra-articular hemorrhage. When such damage occurs pain is transmitted to the brain through a medial branch nerve that innervates the facet joint.

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The problem with facet injuries is that they do not show up on x-rays, CAT Scans or MRIs. That is because the injuries involve microscopic damage to tiny features within the joint that are not usually observable in these studies. Often, this leads physicians to the conclusion that there is no structural damage to the spine, and that the pain must be deriving from the surrounding "soft tissues." This then leads to the conclusion that "soft tissue" injuries ordinarily resolve in weeks or months, not years.

Contact your local All Injury Rehab & Chiropractic Clinic today to ensure that you avoid chronic pain due to accident whiplash injury.

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