“Oh, my aching neck!” Have you ever said those words? Experiencing neck pain after a car accident is more common than you think. In fact, neck pain is one of the most common complaints after a car accident. The reason why? Whiplash.
Everyone involved in a car accidents – drivers and passengers alike – is vulnerable to whiplash. Whiplash is the common name for having the muscles in your neck strained or sprained. The sudden impact of a car accident can cause your head to move backwards and forwards at great speed and tremendous force. This causes neck strains, or in more severe cases, neck sprains.
Every person is different, and experiences pain differently. For some people, the pain from whiplash is immediately apparent: they feel neck pain right after a car accident.
Other people process pain differently. It can take several hours – sometimes several days! – for the neck pain due to car accident to become apparent. Whiplash causes moderate to severe neck pain. Having whiplash can also contribute to: headaches, including migraines; pain in the shoulder, arm, and chest; numbness in hands and fingers, and more.
DO YOU HAVE WHIPLASH?
If you have been in a car accident and are experiencing neck pain, the first step is to have your neck checked by your physician. If you don’t have a physician of your own, go to the Emergency Room. Neck pain can be a symptom of serious injury, including damage to your spinal column. Once you have received a diagnosis of whiplash, it’s time to move onto the next step: seeking pain relief for whiplash.
WHIPLASH PAIN RELIEF
Your doctor may prescribe medical massage for neck pain. Medical massage is a form of bodywork that encourages your body’s natural healing processes to work faster. By working on the muscles in and around your neck, your massage therapist will make you feel better. Medical massage is an all natural, side-effect free form of pain relief.