Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Messerschmidt sees frequently in our Juneau, AK office. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after an auto injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. 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 tissues become swollen and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (907) 789-1344 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

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