What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Of the over 2 million rear-end accidents in the US annually, a significant number of men and women end up troubled with long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain a year after a collision.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi sees many car crash patients in our Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles office, and we frequently see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Joseph Hakimi has great success in treating these patients.

The Cause of Chronic Pain


During a crash, the structures of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and brain.

Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further damage.

If the damage isn’t managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as “central sensitization.” Your nervous system actually becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, producing chronic pain.

Dr. Joseph Hakimi is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system’s healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is effective at reducing pain from car crashes and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and have been in a crash, you don’t have to suffer with chronic pain.

Give Dr. Joseph Hakimi a call today at (213) 984-4575 for a consultation or appointment.

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