You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a car crash. Even if the impact didn't seem that bad in the beginning, you might find yourself with discomfort and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A auto collision 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 auto injury, 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 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.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to decrease your neck pain after a car crash. 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 suffering with irritation due to a car wreck, even a small one, you may feel neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get care. Research shows that chiropractic is best for these kinds of injuries, so call Dr. Holland in Downtown St. Louis, MO right away if you've been in a auto collision.