If you have neck pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Pittman sees this type of condition frequently in our San Angelo office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.
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 wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 car crash, 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 tissues become swollen and painful, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Pittman is here to help. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (325) 223-9355 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.