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Foot / Ankle
Chronic foot and ankle sprain/strain injuries can lead to debilitating arthritic changes.
Knee / Lower Leg
If not diagnosed and treated properly, knee injuries can lead to serious long-term pain.
The shoulder has the largest range of motion in the body, which makes it more susceptible to injury.
Auto Accident Injuries:
Auto accident injuries can lead to serious and long term conditions. Rear-end accidents can cause flexion/extension injuries to the neck, often referred to as whiplash injuries. Shoulders and low back regions can be injured due to seat-belt restraints. Joints, ligaments, and nerves can be crushed, tractioned, or stretched leading to injury. Often these conditions lead to pain, loss of work, and inability to lead an active lifestyle. If left untreated, these injuries can develop into chronic degenerative conditions.
Injuries Related to Auto-Accidents:
- Whiplash neck injury
- Shoulder or chest contusions
- Headache, dizziness, blurry vision symptoms
- Wrist or hand sprain/strain injuries
- Sciatica or low back pains
- Numbness or tingling into extremities
- Pain in shoulder or upper back
The whiplash injury to the neck, or cervical sprain/strain, is by far the most common injury that results from a car accident. Sprains and strains are referred to as soft tissue injuries (soft tissue includes muscles, tendons, and ligaments), but for simplicities sake, you can think of “soft tissue” as muscle.
Soft tissue injuries are invisible on x-rays and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. If a soft tissue injury is not correctly diagnosed and the injured doesn’t get soft tissue therapy, the injured muscles and other soft tissues can end up causing chronic pain for months, years after the accident.
Unfortunately, the standard medical approach to these injuries often amounts to nothing more than suppressing the symptoms with pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, leaving the injured muscles to hopefully heal on their own.
Injured muscles heal with scar tissue in a way that leaves them weaker, less elastic, and prone to re-injury and pain. Muscular therapy approaches like Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) help to restore muscular strength, flexibility, and normal function by correcting or “aligning” the scar tissue.
This can be crucial for full muscular recovery. Muscles tend not to recover fully when given only time in which to heal. Even under ideal healing circumstances, the injured tissue will approximately only be 70% as strong as uninjured soft tissues.