Neck pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Holcombe sees frequently in our Arlington, VA office. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.
Your 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 crash, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column 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 car crash, 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 happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Holcombe is conveniently located in Arlington, VA to help you get better, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.