We work with many car accident cases in our Henderson, NV office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help?
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 velocity car crash, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a serious 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 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 become swollen and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda has been helping patients in Henderson, NV since 1990, so we know what you're experiencing. 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 plan of action. Call us today at (702) 990-2225 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.