We manage many car accident cases in our Portland, ME office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help.
It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a crash. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 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 gets inflamed and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing neck pain, Dr. Abby Power 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 approach. Call us today at (207) 781-7911 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.