Neck pain is a common problem after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Roxann Bettencourt, DC sees frequently in our Napa, CA office. Chiropractic care is a great way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Roxann Bettencourt, DC can help you.
Even in a car crash, 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 speed crash, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spinal column 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 damaged area become swollen and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps decrease scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Roxann Bettencourt, DC has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (707) 257-3600 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.