In the aftermath of a car wreck, it's typical for people to wait to get treatment. The vast majority of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.
A number of scientific studies show that when a person gets quick treatment after a crash, they have a better end result than those people who wait to get care.
During a crash, the structures of your neck can be stretched or damaged. You might not feel soreness right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.
Pain and stiffness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your spine. The human body's reaction to injury is to limit movement and to heal the injury by sending white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start mending the injured area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a fairly restricted range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper chiropractic care, that can result in permanently limited range of motion, persistent pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.
Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by enhancing movement in the damaged region and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's important that you see a health care professional without delay to be examined and to begin the process of healing.
If you've been in a car crash, Dr. Holland is here in St. Louis, MO to help. We can work to establish the root source of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in St. Louis, MO improve from these sorts of problems since and we may be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or for more advice.