We treat many auto injury cases in our Parkland office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can 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 crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck 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 your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues gets swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing neck pain, Dr. Scharf 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 plan of action. Give our office a call today at (954) 227-0088 to make an appointment.