In the aftermath of a car wreck, it's common for people to wait to get treatment. A lot of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a mistake.

A variety of clinical studies show that when a person gets prompt treatment after a wreck, they have a better outcome than those patients who wait to get help.

During a crash, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel discomfort right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, patients often get up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.

Pain and tightness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscles of your neck. The human body's response to injury is to limit movement and to heal the damage by sending white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin mending the damaged area by laying down scar tissue.

The trouble with scar tissue is that each segment in your spine has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that mobility even more, and if you don't receive proper treatment, that can result in permanently restricted range of motion, persistent pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.

Receiving early chiropractic care will break up this pattern by enhancing movement in the injured region and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.

If you've been in a crash, it's critical that you contact a health care professional right away to be examined and to begin the process of recovery.

If you have been in a crash, Dr. Stern is here in San Francisco, CA to help. We can work to establish the underlying cause of your pain and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in San Francisco, CA improve from these sorts of injuries since 2006 and we might be able to help you, as well!

Call our office today at (415) 308-7636 for a consultation or for more information.