Chronic Pain & Car Accidents 

Car accidents are unpredictable. Even when anticipated, they can cause severe, lasting injuries.

Research shows that of the nearly 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, auto accidents are a leading contributor. It is estimated that 37% of chronic pain cases are neck and back injuries resulting from traffic accidents and whiplash.

Types of Pain from Car Accidents

Injuries derived from tra&c accidents can be vast, ranging from whiplash and general back or neck pain to broken bones and burns. Understanding the type of damage after a crash helps determine what kinds of treatment to seek.

Whiplash is one of the most common vehicular-accident related injuries. This neck strain occurs when there is an abrupt jerking of the head, either forward or backward. Typical symptoms include neck stiffness, headaches, general upper back or shoulder pain, neck tightness and pain and dizziness. CT scans and MRI might be necessary to diagnose the injury. Depending on the severity of whiplash, treatment can include physical therapy.

Back and neck pain are often due to muscle dysfunction but may also be more serious spinal injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, car accidents contribute to over 35% of new, annual spinal injuries. Common spinal injuries include spondylolisthesis and disc herniation. Spondylolisthesis happens when vertebra slides out of place, which may cause pinched nerves, pain, and weakness. In severe cases, this injury can lead to a loss of bowel and bladder control.

Similarly, herniated discs occur when cushiony discs between the vertebra slip out of place. This injury may cause weakness and numbing of arms or legs. Physical therapy is the most common treatment.

Treating Chronic Pain after an Accident

Even minor car accidents can cause serious injuries that vary from person to person. After an accident, if you are feeling any pain, it is essential to seek medical advice. Initial minimal pain can signify a more serious injury. New Health Services understands how accident-related pain differs and goes beyond just the physical pain. At New Health Services, our comprehensive care philosophy evaluates pain on an individual basis to develop the best way to treat the whole person.

If you or someone you know is experiencing post-accident pain, contact us today.

Spring Cleaning Minus the Back Pain

Spring has arrived, meaning it is time to start cleaning up your house, gardening and preparing for summer! While these actions seem simple, an increase in such activities can be strenuous on your back. New Health Services believes spring cleaning is a necessity, but back pain isn’t—check out our three tips below to keep your house clean and back healthy! 

  1. Always stretch! Stretching is always related to physical activity, but not always associated with cleaning. However, cleaning is still a physical activity that can potentially strain your muscles. It is best to do some quick stretch starting with your head and neck. Don’t forget to stretch after your work is done!  
  2. Lift properly! Moving heavy equipment like garbage bags, soil, and even various cleaning tools can cause a lot of back strain. Always bend at your knees, not at the waist, use your glutessqueeze your shoulder blades, and tighten your abdominal muscles.  Remember NOT to twist your back at unhealthy angles. If the items are too heavy, don’t force yourself to get it done, ask for a little assistance!  
  3. Break up the work & be aware of your body! Spring cleaning can be lengthy, so don’t attempt to get everything done at one time. Spread out your tasks over a few days (or even weeks) to avoid overworking your spine. Be aware of your body’s signals and know when you should take a break. Remember, all bodies are different and range in capability!

Other things to consider: 

  • Make sure all equipment is functional and up-to-date 
  • Don’t work on wet surfaces 
  • Clear away clutter before working 
  • When vacuuming, don’t twist or maneuver by extending only your arms. Use your full-body by using our legs to help move the vacuum.

Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen up your home and make it safer, but it can cause significant back pain. Always treat your body correctly to avoid needing treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain, New Health Services is here to help manage both your physical and mental strains. Find out more about our comprehensive care plan by contacting us today: