We deal with many auto accident cases in our Arlington office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Chiropractic can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.
The neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto injury, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues become inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps lessen scar tissue.
Jefferson Spine & Injury Center has been helping patients in Arlington for many years so we know what you're experiencing and we're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.