If you have are involved in a car accident, you know that the related neck and back pain is dangerous.
The most significant problem with neck and back pain from car accidents is that because of the traumatic nature of the event, a chemical inflammation pathway becomes activated that doesn’t deactivate quickly.
After serving the greater College Park community for over twenty years, managing neck and back pain from car accidents, it is our experience that the actual scope of an injury remains unknown for about a month.
Often the individual feels much worse before they start to feel better.
That is because your body produces inflammatory chemicals that can make you feel horrible for anywhere from 4-6 weeks.
Other than seeing a chiropractor, our best suggestions are to walk and ice. Walking stimulates your body to produce natural painkillers and also keeps you loose and limber.
The Ice reduces the inflammation from the injury and provides relief from the pain. It is only natural to feel like crawling into bed after an injury like this and waiting for the pain to cease.
This is the worst thing you can do, as it will only cause you to be stiffer and create more discomfort.
Your chiropractor will be able to determine what spinal adjustments, exercises, stretches or taping methods are optimal for you.
They will also be able to communicate what further imaging or referrals you need to improve your condition.
With car accidents, once you are sure that nothing is broken, go to the chiropractor.
The longer you wait, the more pain you will endure.
As always, you are welcome to contact our office with any questions about your neck and back pain from a recent (or not so recent) car accident and discuss the best course of action.