If you have neck pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Oregon Medical Centers sees this type of problem very often in our Aloha, Beaverton office. Let's take a look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.
Even in a car crash, 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 car crash, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. 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 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 tissues gets inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Oregon Medical Centers is here to help. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (503) 642-2845 to make an appointment.