You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto accident. Even if the impact didn't seem that serious when it happened, you might find yourself with pain and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A car wreck 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 collision, and it can be very tender. 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. Finally, if your vehicle has poor headrests, they may not have adequately protected your head and neck from the force of the impact.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to lighten 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 suffering with pain because of a auto collision, even a small one, you may feel neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get care. Studies shows that chiropractic is best for these kinds of injuries, so call Dr. Vinick in Redondo Beach right away if you've been in a car accident.