We manage many auto injury cases in our Arlington, VA office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.
The neck is exposed to very high forces during a car crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 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 injured area become inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington, VA since 2000, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (703) 933-9000 and we'll get you back on the road to health.