You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a car wreck. Even if the impact didn't seem very forceful in the beginning, you might find yourself with problems and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A auto injury 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 collision, 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 hurt in a car wreck 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.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to reduce your neck pain after a auto injury. Heat or ice treatment may also help to settle 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 pain because of a auto injury, even a minor one, you may feel neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get relief. Studies shows that chiropractic therapy is best for these types of injuries, so call Dr. Dahlager in Noblesville right away if you've been in a car crash.