We work with many car accident cases in our Yakima office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.
Even in a collision, 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 wreck, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, 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 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 the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues become swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Michael J. Covington DC-PS has been helping patients in Yakima since 2010, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out 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 (509) 895-7535 and we'll get you back on the road to health.