How to Avoid Chronic Neck Pain After Having Car Accident Whiplash of the Neck! ~by Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX
Often times we have new patients come into our chiropractic office with neck pain wondering why it started and how it happened. I listen in our consultation and hear how the pain started all of a sudden or they woke up one day and it was there and now won’t go away. This is a common way for people to find our chiropractic office as a solution to the recent pain in the neck. As I ask questions and talk with them there is an all too common conversation that happens… When I probe into past car accidents, whiplash, falls, sports injuries and such, all to often they tell me about a past accident that they didn’t pay attention to their body because there was no pain OR they had some stiffness or tension but it went away on its own and they assumed it was fine.
When an auto accident occurs it places stress on the bones, joints, discs, nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments that it is not designed to absorb. Our spine may absorb it and not cause immediate or long-lasting symptoms, but there can still be underlying problems that will eventually cause problems like spinal misalignment and ligament laxity. Sometimes the pain and symptoms are immediate and other times they are underlying for months or even years. However, if left untreated they will eventually make themselves known and cause neck pain, back pain, headaches or other pains.
Spinal misalignment affects the overall smooth movement of the vertebrae and can affect the function of the nerve supplying various muscles or organs of the body. These pinched nerves eventually cause the pain and leave many people wondering how it happened when they feel the pain later on. Interference to the nerves can affect the function to the body part or system that nerve is powering. This can lead to stiffness and overall feeling less well and more stressed.
Ligament laxity is when the ligaments absorb a force and then do not retain their same strength in supporting the spine. This results in the neck curvature changing shape and altering the posture of the spine that will create more compression on the bones, discs and the nerves too. This will lead to future disc degeneration and arthritis.
This instance happens way too often because many people don’t know to get checked by a whiplash certified chiropractor after any motor vehicle accident. The sooner spinal misalignment, ligament laxity and pinched nerves are found and fixed the better the result will be and the less likely to have pain down the road because of the accident.
If you need help or have questions about your health we are happy to sit down and talk with you about any problem. We love getting people out of pain and into health!
Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.