Neck pain is a common condition after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Selzer sees frequently in our Bay Shore office. 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.
The neck is subjected to very high forces during a car accident, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity collision, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spine 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 collision, 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 become inflamed and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Selzer has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (631) 665-3714 to make an appointment.