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WHY DO I HURT ALL THE TIME?

Current diagnostic techniques cannot always detect damaged tissue in acute or chronic conditions such as whiplash, sports injuries or slip and falls. Standard imaging techniques such as radiography, computed tomography (CT), and MRI are unable to see the tissue on a cellular level where most of the damage is occurring. 

Early Degenerative Joint Disease

Early degenerative joint disease of the spine occurs when the joints can't move properly. Unfortunately you can't fix this on your own through stretching, yoga, or physical therapy. Stretching and exercise will reduce your pain levels but they won't get the joint moving properly, over time working out or stretching a damaged joint only causes more damage. If your tire is misaligned on your car you know that driving it more won't fix it, it needs to be adjusted to track correctly. Same with your bones, if they are not tracking or moving correctly they will wear out, but you don't feel the "wearing" process until a lot of damage has been done.

How The Nervous System Becomes Hypersensitive To Pain

There is a close interaction between the bodies receptors for balance and coordination and the middle brain which controls all the information coming from the body. Chronic conditions & whiplash-type symptoms are a mismatch of information coming from the balance receptors of the body which confuses the brain. This continuous imbalance may create a permanent “hyperarousal” of the brain depending on the damage and sprouting of new nerve fibers in and around the damaged tissue. Some of the common symptoms seen in both acute and chronic injuries and whiplash patients are:

  • altered pain perception (magnification of pain) with activity, pressure or rest
  • depression-like symptoms with loss of energy or enjoyment
  • abnormal muscle spasms (tight on one side only)
  • brain fog
  • headaches
  • jaw pain
  • dizziness
  • visual disturbances
  • alterations in posture (one shoulder higher than the other)

Hyperarousal And Nerve Sprouting

Chronic conditions involving abnormal joint motion are more difficult to manage over time due to hyperarousal of the mid brain and nerve sprouting in the damaged area. These areas typically have little (bone) to no (articular cartilage) innervation when healthy. With injuries and chronic condition blood vessels and nerves initially grow into the damaged area to help promote and speed healing. Sometimes the nerves don't regress but grow deeper into the damaged area due to altered biomechanics (think wheel misalignment). The photos below show normal nerve innervation in healthy tissue and one of massive nerve in-growth into unhealthy tissue.

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The green fibers are sensory nerves and the red fibers are sympathetic nerves
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4254205/)

In chronic conditions, the injured area appears to be "healed"; but, in reality, the joints and muscles are not moving properly which causes an increase in mechanical signaling that causes hyperarousal of the middle brain. If you have an increase in signaling or hyperarousal of the nervous system, the body grows new nerves (sprouts) to better handle all this information. In chronic injuries, both the middle brain and the nerves become hypersensitive (fibromyalgia).

As the brain and nerves become "hyperaroused", the body starts to mistake mechanical signals coming from the joints and muscles as a pain signal. In other words, it takes less movement to cause a pain response and this pain response can increase over time. This is why you hurt when picking up your child or even laying in bed.

 

OFTEN TIMES THERE IS LITTLE TO NO BACK OR NECK PAIN WITH RADICULAR
SYMPTOMS LIKE 
 SCIATICA OR ARM PAIN

 

This is the frustrating part for patients and doctors alike.  The doctors forget their first-year studies in biology, neurology, and spinal biomechanics that focus on the body as a whole and move into areas such as pharmacology and surgery. By the time they finish school, they only have a few options to treat all symptoms. If it's not working right, we'll medicate it, cut it, or send you to physical therapy. 

How do you fix a broken body?

    1.   X-ray motion study to identify which spinal bones are not moving properly

    2.   Restore the normal motion to the spinal joints

    3.   Strengthen the muscle around the now properly moving joint (Walking, Fitforce Gym, Crossfit)

    4.   Stop the inflammation associated with poor lifestyle habits

 

Call (615) 826-7889 and ask McKenna how you can receive a full motion x-ray analysis, comprehensive neurological and orthopedic exam at no cost to you! Our usual rate for these services typically cost $249.00 or more.

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