If you have neck pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes sees this type of problem very often in our State College office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car crash and see how your chiropractor can help.
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 speed collision, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, 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 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 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 become inflamed and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing neck pain, Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Give our office a call today at (814) 308-9352 to make an appointment.