WHAT DO SCARS AND SCABS HAVE IN COMMON?
MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!
CHARACTERISTICS OF SCAR TISSUE
When we end up with tissue that is more like the picture on the above right (Scar Tissue), there is potential for problems ---- big problems. This is because Scar Tissue (often referred to as "Fibrosis") has some very specific characteristics that are in direct opposition to those of normal tissue. In a nutshell, Scar Tissue is different from normal tissue because it is....
- WEAKER: Most pathology text books will tell you that Scar Tissue is at best, no more than 70% as strong as normal tissue, and in most cases, probably more like 60%. This means that Scar Tissue is much easier to re-injure. The re-injury subsequently heals with more Scar Tissue.
- LESS ELASTIC: This is a no-brainer. A second grader looking at the side-by-side pictures at the top of the page can see that Scar Tissue is less elastic than normal tissue. And be aware that during its healing process, Scar Tissue will 'shrink' ---- kind of like a scab. All of this can present a huge problem because even if the tissue itself is not painful, loss of (or abnormal) joint motion is the known cause of DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS --- often erroneously referred to as DJD. This is why restoring joint motion --- even in the absence of pain --- is such a big deal not only for helping you now, but as far as saving you a ton of grief down the road is concerned.
- MORE PAIN-SENSITIVE: Many people with Scar Tissue (whether seen or unseen) end up in CHRONIC PAIN because Scar Tissue is potentially far more pain-sensitive than normal tissue.
- LESS VASCULAR: Although Scar Tissue is living tissue with a blood supply, the blood supply is not as good or as organized as it is in normal tissue. This is particularly important to understand in the event that Scar Tissue forms in tissues that are poorly vascularized in the first place (SPINAL DISCS, LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, etc).
Scar Tissue is often created after SURGERIES, CAR ACCIDENTS, SPORTS INJURIES, etc. But sometimes stuff just 'happens' and you never know why or when. A prime example of this is seen in Fascial Adhesions. If scarring gets into the FASCIA, you can have a real problem on your hands. Fascia is the most pain-sensitive tissue in the body, yet does not image well with even our most advanced imaging techniques such as MRI. This sets people up for the PERFECT STORM of Chronic Pain and dysfunction. Below you can see the progression of a surgical scar.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT SCAR TISSUE?
Listen as Sherrie tells you how her son's chronic back pain (from the time he was 13 years old) was over 95% improved after two treatments given a couple of months ago.
Rick, an owner of one of our areas bigger logging / sawmill operations, has dealt with chronic back pain (that dramatically affected his sleep), for the better part of two decades. Problem Solved!