Ligament Injury from Auto Collisions

We see lots of auto injury patients in our Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) office, and neck pain is the most prevalent issue we have encountered in our clinic. It's not surprising when you take into account that your neck is exposed to very high levels of strain during the course of a crash.

Indeed, a 2006 study discovered that the stresses on your neck during a rear-end impact actually pull and damage the ligaments of your cervical spine!

The key to successful treatment after an auto injury is to:

  • Get early care. It's important to repair spinal motion before scar tissue starts to form.
  • Keep the injured area mobile. Limiting motion also leads to scar tissue formation.
  • Encourage healing. Chiropractic treatments help to increase blood flow to the damaged area, improving the recuperation process.

If you live in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) and you've been hurt in a car accident, give our office a call today at (503) 771-1974. We'll locate the starting point of your discomfort and help you get back on the road to health!

Tominaga Y, Ndu AB, Coe MP, et al. Neck ligament strength is decreased following whiplash trauma. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006;7:103.

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    Dr. Helton, a Portland chiropractor, has been providing chiropractic health care and treatment for accident injuries for over 30 years. Dr. Helton specializes and is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of injuries from auto accidents. He has passed advanced certification training and testing by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in the evaluation, treatment, and management of injuries from whiplash and brain traumatology.