Most of us keep an ice pack handy in the freezer should an unexpected injury sneak up on us. It’s an old home remedy that, as it turns out, can do a world of good when it comes to reducing swelling and discomfort. In some cases, heat is your best bet. Other times, alternating between the two is the most effective way to go.
Chances are, you’ve experienced muscle pain at some point or another. All too often, strained, overused muscles lend themselves to inflammation and achiness. In some cases, you may even feel a tender “knot” that’s particularly sore. This is called a trigger point (typically found in the neck, upper back and shoulders), which can actually cause pain beyond this area and into other parts of the body.
You’re stopped at a traffic light, with cars to your right and left. As you glance into your rearview mirror, you notice the driver behind you is looking down – and showing no signs of stopping. There’s no place to move, so instinctively, you tighten your grasp on the steering wheel, tense your body and prepare to be hit.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than three million people are injured every year in car accidents, and the variety of injuries sustained depends on a number of factors. How hard was the impact? Which direction did the collision come from? Were the injured wearing seatbelts? Where were they sitting in the car? Were airbags involved? Common car accident injuries are typically divided into two categories: those caused by the body’s impact to some part of the car, and penetrating injuries, which are cuts, scraps, or worse. These car accident injuries are the most commonly experienced after a collision.
The shoulder is one of the largest and most complicated joints in the human body. It’s formed where the upper arm bone fits into the shoulder blade, like a ball and socket, and with a couple other bones and a liquid filled bursa, it is wrapped in a plethora of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and muscle. The “ball” of the upper arm bone fits loosely into this socket, giving the joint a wide range of motion, but unfortunately it can also be vulnerable to injury. How can you protect this important joint structure and what can you do for shoulder pain prevention and relief?
If you’re one of some 100 million Americans suffering with chronic pain – a conservative estimate at that based on various pain websites – you don’t need a designated chronic pain awareness month to know that you hurt. Your body’s message is loud and clear. But with September being chronic pain awareness month, there’s an important message to get out that might be muffled by that chronic pain.
Envision the cracking of a whip.
Only now we’re talking about your neck – and not a long piece of leather – that snaps forward and then hyperextends back. This creates extreme stress that can impact muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and nerves.
The forces involved in an auto collision can place a tremendous amount of strain on the body, but many car accident injuries aren’t obvious, like a cut or a bruise. Combined with the body’s release of endorphins and stress hormones like adrenaline following such a traumatic event, soft tissue injuries after a car accident might not immediately surface, and your injuries may be far worse than you think. What causes this delay, and what should you do about it?
For those in North Phoenix, accident injury care should be prioritized just like it should be anywhere else. It’s important to get examined immediately both so you don’t develop a chronic condition and because you want to make sure you are financially protected. Let’s look at why you should get medical care immediately and three accident injury symptoms that often don’t show up right away.
The trauma of a car accident delivers a serious shock to our systems. Our bodies aren’t meant to sustain the amount of force from the impact that an auto collision can generate, and according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2 million crashes in the United States result in auto accident injuries annually.