You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto accident. Even if the impact didn't seem that bad at first, you might find yourself with pain 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 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 injured in a car accident than men. Finally, if your car has poor headrests, they may not have adequately protected your head and neck from the force of the impact.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to decrease your neck pain after a auto injury. 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 minor one, you may have neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get help. Studies shows that chiropractic therapy is best for these kinds of injuries, so call Dr. Matthisen in Anchorage right away if you've been in a car crash.