Neck pain is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Lipsitz sees frequently in our Waldorf, MD office. Chiropractic can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.
The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during an auto injury, 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 exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme 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 injured area gets swollen and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Lipsitz is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (301) 645-8898 and we'll get you back on the road to health.