You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto collision. Even if the impact didn't seem that bad at first, you might find yourself with pain and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A auto accident happens very quickly, and the forces on your body can be quite dramatic, causing your neck muscles and ligaments to stretch or tear. Whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained in a auto injury, and it can be very irritating. In fact, whiplash can cause neck problems that lasts for months or even years.
There are a few factors that can increase your risk of injury. First, rear-end collisions tend to cause more neck injuries than frontal collisions. Second, there is some evidence that women are more likely to get hurt in a car accident than men. Lastly, if your vehicle has poor headrests, they may not have adequately protected your head and neck from the force of the impact.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to lessen your neck pain after a auto collision. Heat or ice treatment may also help to comfort your sore muscles. Gentle stretching exercises can help keep your muscles from getting too stiff. And, of course, chiropractic adjustments to help restore the healthy functioning of your neck and spine.
If you are suffering with irritation caused by a car crash, even a small one, you may feel neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get help. Research shows that chiropractic treatment is best for these types of injuries, so call Dr. Palmer in Depew right away if you've been in a car crash.