You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto collision. Even if the impact didn't seem very forceful when it happened, you might find yourself with discomfort and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A car accident happens very fast, 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 car crash, and it can be very excruciating. 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 injured in a auto injury 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 car crash. Heat or ice therapy may also help to comfort your sore muscles. Gentle stretching exercises can help keep your muscles from getting too stiff. And, of course, chiropractic care to help restore the healthy functioning of your neck and spine.
If you are feeling pain due to a car crash, even a minor one, you may experience neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get relief. Studies shows that chiropractic is best for these kinds of injuries, so call Dr. Ernst in Arlington right away if you've been in a car crash.