We manage many car accident cases in our San Francisco & Sunnyvale, CA office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help?
The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during a car accident, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe 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 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 damaged area gets inflamed and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Jamie Stern is conveniently located in San Francisco & Sunnyvale, CA to help you get better, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (415) 308-7636 and we'll get you back on the road to health.