No one ever wants to get into a car accident, yet they are one of the most common accidents you might experience during your lifetime. Luckily, most people who experience car accidents are able to escape with minimal or no injuries. However, did you know that car accidents are a primary cause of neck injuries and lingering neck pain post-accident?
Even during less serious accidents (e.g. the vehicle you’re in needing to suddenly brake, or your vehicle being rear-ended by someone else) your neck may be jerked to one side by the force of the impact, causing injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, or nerves in your cervical spine.
Accident-related neck injuries can be hard to detect or ‘invisible’, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment. This in turn can cause long-term discomfort, pain, or in severe cases, disability. Seeing a chiropractor for neck pain can help alleviate symptoms in the case of less severe injuries. Here’s what you need to know before seeking out chiropractic neck pain treatment in Singapore:
Common Symptoms of Post-Accident Neck Injuries
If you have been in a car accident and only experienced little to no injury, it can be common to still experience some slight soreness for a short while after the accident. However if you are experiencing neck pain and suspect a deeper underlying cause, here are some of the symptoms to look out for:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain radiating in the shoulders/arms/hands
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness radiating through the shoulders/arms/hands
- Dizziness, or blurred or double vision
- Headaches or migraines
It may take several hours or days for these symptoms to show up after an accident. In some cases, symptoms might start out light and be easily dismissed, only for the individual to experience gradually worsening symptoms to the point of unbearable pain (e.g. experiencing light but bearable headaches at first, which gradually turn into migraines).
Do monitor your symptoms to see if they naturally get better after a few days or weeks, or if they persist or become worse. Get in touch with us to find out about our chiropractic treatments for neck pain. Our chiropractors in Singapore can offer non-surgical treatment options for these common post-accident neck injuries:
Whiplash is the most common type of injury after any car accident leading to neck pain. Early intervention such as chiropractic treatment has the most potential to help with whiplash, and can help resolve the symptoms in a few weeks. Our chiropractors in Singapore can prescribe a variety of therapies to suit your individual needs, ranging from dry needling to spinal decompression to at-home stretches.
2. Soft tissue damage
Forceful impacts can cause damage such as tears and sprains to the muscles and soft tissue in the neck, or cuts/lacerations to the tissue. This typically causes pain, discomfort, and reduced range of movement in the shoulders, arms, and neck. Chiropractic treatments may help alleviate these symptoms by soothing the affected muscles as well as strengthening the musculoskeletal system.
3. Injuries to the joint, bone, or muscle
More serious crashes may result in severe injuries to your joints, bones, or muscles such as slipped discs, pinched nerves, or neck fractures. These typically require medical or surgical intervention as early as possible to restore full range of movement and quality of life. However, after being discharged from surgical treatment, individuals may continue to experience lingering pain, discomfort, or weakness as a result of the damage to their musculoskeletal system.
Our chiropractors can perform chiropractic treatments such as spinal decompression to help with slipped discs and other conditions. Based on our individual consultations with you, we can also recommend stretches and other personalised therapies to strengthen your musculoskeletal system and alleviate neck pain.
When should I seek Chiropractic help for my Neck Injury?
If you have recently experienced a car accident and suspect your symptoms of neck pain or discomfort may be related, approach our chiropractors in Singapore for more information on consultations and a scan. Chiropractic treatments can be a non-invasive way to help relieve neck pain if intervention is sought early enough.