Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision and it's something that Dr. Vinick sees frequently in our Redondo Beach office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.
The neck is exposed to very high forces during a collision, 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 exposed to extremely 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 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 car crash, 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 become swollen and sore, 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 reduce scar tissue.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Dr. Vinick is here to help. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your neck problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (310) 375-4325 to make an appointment.