We work with many car accident cases in our Mt Sterling office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. What causes neck pain after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help?
It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a crash. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, 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 cervical spine. 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 tissues gets inflamed and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
Dr. Tolson is here in Mt Sterling to help you recover from neck pain. We've been helping patients since 2000 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 (859) 499-1009 and we'll get you back on the road to health.