Neck pain is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Robert Ramsey sees frequently in our Gresham, OR office. Let's see why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help you recover.
The neck is exposed to very high forces during a collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity crash, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe 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 your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area become swollen and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping patients in Gresham, OR since 1997, 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 symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll get you back on the road to health.