Why Neck Pain and Car Accidents Seem to Go Together
Millions of people wind up in car accidents every year and suffer from a type of injury known as whiplash. It's a literal pain in the neck and isn't always easy to resolve. We at The Accident and Injury Team in Miami Lakes, FL, have seen our share of patients needing help after car accidents have happened. Our team of chiropractors can help you understand your injury and help you with your neck pain.
What Happens to Your Neck During a Car Accident
When you're in an auto accident, your body moves away from the force of the impact with speed. In turn, your body is flung forward or to the side along with your head and neck. The neck has a wide range of unsupported motion, which means it's free to move with force beyond its normal range of motion. The force causes the structures of your neck to get stretched, torn, and knocked out of alignment.
After the car accident, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments have to heal. You'll experience neck pain for some time and have the difficulty of moving your neck with ease. Soft tissues heal over time, but your neck vertebrae may not return to their normal position. The newly healed soft tissue can make the pain worse as it pulls on neck vertebrae that are out of joint.
How a Chiropractor Helps with Neck Pain
Sometimes neck pain becomes chronic even after all of the soft tissue injuries are healed, and your doctor has cleared you to resume normal activities. It is probably because of your cervical spine is out of alignment. When your c-spine is out of alignment, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons keep working as they always do, but can make the problem worse by pulling on the misaligned vertebrae. The resulting stress on your vertebrae can increase wear and tear as well as negatively affect the discs.
Our chiropractors will assess your neck through an x-ray and hands-on exam, then determine what kind of therapy is best for your situation. Most of the time, the treatment is done by hand. The goal is to bring your vertebrae back into alignment and bring you back to a pain-free state with a full range of motion.
Give The Accident and Injury Team a Call Today for an Appointment
Call us today to set up an appointment with a chiropractor and get relief from your neck pain. We've helped many patients become pain-free at our Miami Lakes, FL, clinic and are ready to take care of you and your post-accident pain issues.