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This week I wanted to talk to you about old injuries. Many of us have problems and pain that stem from old incidents that were never correctly treated. This pain may be due to botched treatments, while others are caused by never having the original injury looked at. Whatever the cause of the injury, it can often stay with you for the rest of your life. I can tell you first hand that I had a partially torn meniscus when I was a teen that never got treated. Every now and then it will flair up and hurt, but unfortunately there isn’t much I can do to make it feel better because of how it healed. Far too many people live with this sort of reality.
Old injuries are extremely tricky to try and work with because often the body has found a way to compensate for the weakness or damage that was done. This may be with excessive scar tissue or abnormalities in the bones surrounding the area. There may be permanent weakness in the location, or maybe the muscles and tendons directly around that spot have become tense and cannot be relaxed. No matter what the reality of your old injury is, chiropractic care may help to ease some of the pain or damage that has been done.
With old injuries, they are already healed so they likely won’t ever be back to 100% unless extensive work is done to it. Many times when you hear of a hospital or doctor “re-breaking” a bone, this is why. It must be broken again to fix it correctly because of the way it healed the first time. However, chiropractic care may be able to help relax the muscles around the injury or strengthen the area to get you back to being able to use it almost normally. This can also help to relieve the pain that often accompanies these old injuries which can also help with usage.
If you have an old injury that didn’t heal quite right, come into Wirth Chiropractic and see if we can do anything to help you out. You never know until you try, so even if another doctor has said that nothing can help, it’s worth a shot. Either way, you can get a nice adjustment out of the appointment so it’s going to be a win for you!

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