If you have neck pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Oregon Medical Centers PC sees this type of condition frequently in our Aloha / Beaverton, OR office. Chiropractic is a great way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Oregon Medical Centers PC can help you.
Your neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during a collision, 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 exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly 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 damaged area become swollen and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Oregon Medical Centers PC is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Call us today at (503) 642-2845 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.