You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a car accident. Even if the impact didn't seem that bad at first, you might find yourself with problems and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A car crash 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 painful. In fact, whiplash can cause neck discomfort 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 auto collision than men. Lastly, if your car has poor headrests, they may not have adequately protected your head and neck from the force of the impact.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to reduce your neck pain after a car accident. Heat or ice treatment may also help to soothe your sore muscles. Gentle stretching exercises can help keep your muscles from getting too stiff. And, of course, chiropractic therapy to help restore the healthy functioning of your neck and spine.
If you are feeling pain caused by a car wreck, even a small one, you may experience neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get care. Studies shows that chiropractic therapy is best for these types of injuries, so call Dr. Holland in North County St. Louis, MO right away if you've been in a car accident.