You’re driving along and then BAM you’ve been in a auto injury. Even if the impact didn't seem that bad at first, you might find yourself with discomfort and a stiff neck over the next few days or weeks.
A car wreck happens very quickly, 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 excruciating. In fact, whiplash can cause neck pain 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 wreck 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.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ease your neck pain after a auto injury. Heat or ice treatment may also help to calm your sore muscles. Gentle stretching exercises can help keep your muscles from getting too stiff. And, of course, chiropractic treatment to help restore the healthy functioning of your neck and spine.
If you are experiencing irritation because of a auto injury, even a minor one, you may feel neck pain as a result of whiplash. Don't wait to get care. Studies shows that chiropractic care is best for these types of injuries, so call Dr. Kallio in Lincoln right away if you've been in a auto injury.