Neck pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes sees often in our State College, PA office. 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.
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 subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, 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 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 area gets inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes is here in State College, PA to help you recover from neck pain. We've been helping patients since 2015 and we can probably help you, too. 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. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (814) 308-9352 and we'll get you back on the road to health.