We manage many auto injury cases in our Anderson, Ohio office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help you get better.
The neck is subjected to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly 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 collision, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area gets swollen and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Nuesse is here to help. 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 (513) 271-2500 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.