We work with many car accident cases in our Gresham, OR office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's take a look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you recover.
Even in a car wreck, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low velocity collision, your head is subjected 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 spine 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 wreck, 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 tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Robert Ramsey has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.