Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Select Health and Wellness sees often in our Fleming Island, FL office. Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you heal?
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 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the neck. 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 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 damaged area become swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Select Health and Wellness has been helping patients in Fleming Island, FL since 2014, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (904) 425-9060 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.