We manage many car accident cases in our Largo office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.
The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during a car accident, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity collision, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. 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 collision, 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 damaged area gets inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps reduce scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing neck pain, Spinal Health Chiropractic Center is here to help. First, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your neck pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (727) 531-4444 to make an appointment.