Accidents & Injuries

Have you ever wondered how your body heals itself from an injury? That is, when it works just as it’s supposed to.  It’s amazing what your body can do, when given the support it needs.

Whether it’s a fracture, tendon strain, sprained ligament, dislocated joint, meniscus tear, concussion, bruise, some accidents having multiple injuries;   Whatever is damaged must be protected from further aggravation of the injured tissue while being nurtured back to full recovery.

To do this, a new coordination must take over in the interim, so that other joints and muscles can compensate for the restricted movements from where it hurts.  All joints within your musculoskeletal frame, from head to toe, need to work with precise coordination for your everyday activities. Only now, all the “players” in this “team work” have to be more creative, as the nervous system “brain storms” for an adapting, on-the-fly approach. This is where NSA chiropractic care becomes so helpful.  Especially since, even under ordinary circumstances, just the stress of repetitive movements can lead to injury and pain as well.

For injuries involving the limbs, once the spine is leading the coordination of that “team work” as a further development of your healing, at our office or during your SRI home exercise program, the next step will usually be integration with your normal, everyday activity.  The spine is the main “switchboard” for both the body’s communication and the transfer of mechanical forces. All musculoskeletal movements are meant to be an extension of activity in the segmental muscles of the spine, branching out from the core of your body.  Whenever that’s not the case, you have a disconnection between regions of your body, leading to further problems down the road.

It may not seem like there are that many options for your movements to support your recovery.  But, I guarantee you, there are.  The neat thing about that is that, under NSA chiropractic care, you won’t have to figure anything out.  As I gently guide you with my hands, you’ll be naturally drawn towards functioning in the manner that supports your healing – during your adjustment treatment and at home.  This will actually make it easier and quicker for you to recover from future injuries as well.

More about how your body is trying to help you, in spite of the pain:

Even inflammation in the acute stages of injury, is actually understood to be the body’s way of protecting the injured tissue and promoting its healing.  Its purpose is to remove components of damaged cells, while expediting the delivery of proteins, white blood cells, and fluids into the site of injury.  This may surprise you, if you’re still being told to ice after an injury.  But word is finally getting out there that this practice as a general rule was never based on medical science.  Even the originator of that idea long ago published a change of mind.  All references in this article summarized at the end.

Nonetheless, no study can be specific to every injury or individual differences. So if the ice pack feels good to you, by all means, as long as it’s helping you, continue using it within the safety guidelines you’ve been given.  There are always exceptions.

Although this next tip is not a quick cure, it may still help to keep in mind, especially if you’re on your own, not able to get treated right away;  What hurts and, more significantly, how you’re reacting to the pain, if you’re able to observe closely enough, can be used to guide you.  Ditto for any symptom related to the accident, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness, feeling lightheaded, or nausea. Any discovery from tuning in to what feels better and what feels like you’re going down the wrong path, can only help.

 

References:

Inflammation helps, ice not recommended
Dr. Gabe Mirkin, the originator of the concept, changes his mind

“Anything that reduces inflammation also reduces healing”

Emergency Medicine Journal
“Conclusion: There is insufficient evidence to suggest that cryotherapy improves clinical outcome in the management of soft tissue injuries.”

Washington Post summary

What happens during inflammation