Neck pain is a common condition after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Michael Chanatry sees often in our Jacksonville, FL office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic care can help.
It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after an auto injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is exposed 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 an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 wreck, 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 inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor 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 suffering from neck pain, Dr. Michael Chanatry is here to help. First, we'll do a careful assessment 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 (904) 743-6700 and we'll get you back on the road to health.