You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto injury. Even if the impact didn't seem that serious when it happened, you might find yourself with discomfort and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A auto 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 agonizing. 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 injured 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.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ease your neck pain after a auto accident. 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 to help restore the healthy functioning of your neck and spine.
If you are feeling discomfort caused by a auto collision, even a minor one, you may experience neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get relief. Research shows that chiropractic is best for these kinds of injuries, so call Dr. Scharf in Parkland right away if you've been in a auto collision.