Fender Benders and Back Pain
Recently, a patient came in and reported that, for some reason, he "just
wasn't feeling right". We discussed his life over the last couple of weeks
and figured out, to me, the obvious reason for his back pain flaring up.
It seems this fellow was in a minor "fender bender" a couple weeks
previous. He said it really wasn't much of an accident and there was very little
damage to the car. He took his car in "just in case" and the only
repair necessary was to have the wheels realigned. He added that he felt no
physical discomfort at all right after the accident so he figured he was "OK".
As he repeated the details of the growing spasms and tenderness in his mid
and low back, I thought about how he had taken his car in "just in case"
but had neglected to take his precious self in for a check-up "just in
case". I didn't know absolutely that he might have avoided most of the
pain had he come for a spinal check-up immediately, but I had a pretty good
idea he would have.
We chiropractors see this fairly often. A man or woman in fairly good health,
maybe with a history of infrequent back pain, suddenly comes up with horrible
spasms or immobility due to back pain. Sometimes it seems to come out of the
blue. We can often pinpoint a cause, but sometimes the cause of the breakdown
and pain is an accumulation of mini-traumas that were never fixed. Lifting or
twisting strain, plus family stress, plus bad eating habits, plus job demands
all add up. All these mini-traumas together with, maybe a minor wreck or other
accident and somewhere along the "beaten" path, you end up with pain
This "onion" layering of damage-added-to-damage makes for some real
problems for many. Luckily, there is a solution. With evaluation of your spine
and the damage that has occurred, we can carefully adjust the bones of the spine
so they return to an appropriate, healthy alignment. Resolving and maintaining
the proper position of the spinal bones again, gives the body the structural
support it needs. Nerves, which were damaged due to the bony misalignments,
regain their life-giving function. Pain and inflammation are relieved. Health
returns as the layers of damage are fixed.
We were glad that this patient came in for his check-up. What we found was
that, even though the wreck seemed minor, the damage to his spine was real.
We were able to correct that damage using specialized chiropractic adjustments.
No amount of waiting or any kind of pain medication would have worked. His spinal
bones were realigned and the cause of his back pain was fixed.