Neck discomfort is the most frequent symptom recorded after an auto injury, and it's not difficult to understand why. During a crash, your torso moves with the car seat while your head stays behind due to inertia. It is this difference in motion that contributes to injury. Your spine is vulnerable to sprain and stress from shear forces that come from the head and body shifting in different directions. This shearing motion can stretch or tear the ligaments and discs of your spinal column, inflicting pain, swelling and scar tissue. Seeking early chiropractic care, is essential in order to prevent chronic pain, especially because of the high risk of persistent symptoms in patients with whiplash injury. Research has established that up to 1 out of 5 people can have neck pain signs or symptoms even ten years after the collision. If you've been injured in a collision, chiropractic care Dr. Stern might be able to help. Research shows that chiropractic can help restore neck range of motion and reduce the risk of scar tissue from forming after an injury. And other research shows that early treatment can also help prevent the development of persistent pain. If you've been in an auto collision and have signs of neck pain, Dr. Stern is here for you. We can identify the root cause of your problem and formulate a plan of action to support you in reclaiming your health. We've helped many people in San Francisco, CA improve from these types of problems since 2006. Call our office today at (415) 308-7636 for an appointment or for more advice.