Neck Pain After Whiplash Injury
In our Portland office, neck pain is one of the most common problems we see, especially after an auto injury. Neck soreness is the most frequent symptom disclosed after an auto collision, and it's not difficult to see why.
During a collision, your body moves with the car seat while your head lags behind due to inertia. It is this difference in motion that leads to injury.
Your spine is prone to sprain and strain from shear forces that result from the head and body shifting in different directions. This shearing motion can stretch or tear the ligaments and discs of your spine, causing pain, swelling and scar tissue. Seeking early treatment,is key for avoiding chronic pain, especially because of the elevated risk of persistent symptoms in individuals with whiplash injury.
Research has found that up to 20% of people may have neck pain difficulties even 10 years after the crash.
If you've been injured in a wreck, chiropractic Dr. Helton might be able to help. Studies indicate that chiropractic can help improve neck range of motion and prevent scar tissue from forming after an injury. And other studies show that early treatment can also help prevent the development of persistent pain.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and have symptoms of neck pain, Dr. Helton is here for you. We can pinpoint the underlying source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to support you in reclaiming your health. We have helped many people in Portland (Woodstock, Sellwood) improve from these sorts of problems since 1980.
Call our office today at (503) 771-1974 for an appointment or for more information.