If you are dealing with neck pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Ernst sees this type of condition very often in our Arlington, WA office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car crash and see how your chiropractor can help.
The neck is subjected to very high forces 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 wreck, your head is subjected to extremely 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 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 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 tissues gets inflamed and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Ernst has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Ernst will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (360) 659-8464 and we'll get you back on the road to health.