Neck pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. David J. Mulholland sees often in our Anchorage office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an accident and see how your chiropractor can help.
It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after an auto injury. During even a low speed collision, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, 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 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 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 injured tissues become inflamed and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. David J. Mulholland is conveniently located in Anchorage to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (907) 770-5700 and we'll get you back on the road to health.