When fighting to recover your confidence and state of mind after a car accident, long-term injuries are hard to fathom. With a whole array of people wanting to discuss the accident and its financial side-effect, the pressure to settle can be overwhelming. It is important not to settle until all your injuries have been documented by a medical professional that specializes in damage to the musculoskeletal system. Complications can arise in the months and years following a car accident that will not be covered by insurance if you have signed a release and received your settlement. Post-traumatic arthritis is one of these conditions.
Post-traumatic arthritis is a form of osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage between the joints breaks down, leading to pain and stiffness. The post-traumatic force results after trauma to these joints, sustained during a car accident. Cartilage, providing cushion to joints and ligaments, begins to wear away over time, allowing the bones to rub directly against each other. In a domino effect, the remaining joint cartilage in the area sustains more stress and the entire region becomes destabilized. You may experience symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling, bones grating and a loss of motion.
At American Canyon Chiropractor, we provide a range of treatments that will prevent the onset and severity of post-traumatic arthritis. Spinal adjustment, massage therapy and physical therapy techniques are effective at keeping the joints aligned and the spine stable. Exercise can be used to control the pain. An examination at our office soon after the accident will provide you with a comprehensive documentation of injury and a plan for treatment and moving forward. Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 and see how we support you in the aftermath of a collision.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.