Neck Pain and Other Common Injuries After a Car Accident


Hi, I’m Mike Hancock, and today I want to talk a little bit about the most common types of injuries we see our clients come to us with after a car accident. The most common type of car accident is a rear-end collision. Statistically speaking, by far that’s the most common way that you’re going to be hit by somebody else. The most common injury that results from a rear-end collision is neck pain.

And why do you have neck pain from a rear-end collision? It’s typically because you’ve sustained a flexion-extension type of injury, which is more commonly referred to as a whiplash injury. A whiplash injury is really nothing more than a sprain or strain of the muscles, tendons, ligaments in your neck. The definition of a sprain or strain is the stretching and tearing of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. So, the reason you have neck pain most often after a rear-end collision is that your neck has flexed forward too much or backward too much and that quick flexion or extension of your neck has caused your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to either become stretched or torn. That can result in inflammation, which then results in a feeling of stiffness and loss of range of motion.

It’s important soon after an accident for you to obtain the proper care, to start physical therapy, to either seek some form of medical treatment that will try to reduce the inflammation get your range of motion back, and reduce the pain. Hopefully, that information about neck pain after an accident helps you understand why you might be having the symptoms you’re having.

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