Loyd's Legal Insights: What is the relationship between pain and inflammation?

This is Saint Charles Parish injury attorney Loyd Bourgeois and I am here to help you get the answer to this question and more today on Loyd’s Legal Insights...

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Mitchell Brien, chiropractor, at his office on Highway 90 in Luling, Louisiana. We are getting some insight from his perspective on some the frequently encountered issues he sees with his personal injury patients. I hope you join us and learn more about the chiropractic process in personal injury claims.

What is the relationship between pain and inflammation?

The Insight with Dr. Brien

As we age we are all going to have that degenerative effect in our in our soft tissues-- the discs and whatnot that start to dehydrate. This is not a pain-producing event a lot of times. You know there are a lot of people walking around with degenerative disc but don't have pain and never realize it.  They never get treated for it because they never have pain.  Then you introduce a trauma into that area and what happens is the inflammatory response occurs. That is when the pain comes on - the inflammation creates pain, not the degeneration. So when these tissues are disrupted or are brought into a hyperflexion/hyperextension zone, there are what we call micro-tears, or little tears in those soft tissues.  This causes an inflammatory response where there is swelling and redness. Fluid develops in those in those soft tissues. This creates the pain.

So there you have it - some simple truth from a proven medical leader right here in St. Charles Parish.

Dr. Mitchell Brien: What is the relationship between pain and inflammation
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