Chronic Neck Pain After Car Accidents: Tracing the Link

Ever found yourself wincing as you tried to turn your head after that fender-bender a few weeks back? Maybe you can't quite shake off that persistent pain in your neck that feels like it's been there forever. If these sound familiar, you might be experiencing the long-term effects of a car accident, where a collision can set off a domino effect in your body, starting with your neck pain.

Read on as we look into the effects of neck trauma from car accidents. Also, we will tackle the answers to commonly asked questions like: “How many chiropractic sessions do I need for neck pain?” and “What can amplify my current neck pain relief efforts?”.

Car Accidents: The First Impact and The Symptoms That Follow

Shock, disorientation, and a surge of adrenaline are common responses in the moments following an accident. Your body's built-in defense systems (manifesting as the aforementioned reactions) are ramping up to assist you in dealing with stress. The 'fight-or-flight' hormone, adrenaline, can dull your sense of pain, giving you the false impression that you are undamaged at the moment.

However, it is essential to remember that not all injuries, particularly those resulting from vehicular accidents or other severe events, are immediately apparent. Some emerge gradually and become noticeable only after the initial surge of adrenaline has worn off. 

It’s also common to develop atlas subluxation after a car accident because of the sheer impact on the joints and other connective tissues in the neck. Consequences of this postural imbalance include physical issues such as aches and pains in the neck and shoulders and physical issues like blurred vision, headaches, and dizziness.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic: A Solution for Lasting Relief

There is a bright light at the end of this tunnel of your car-accident-related neck trauma through Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Upper Cervical specialists are trained to detect and correct misalignments of the atlas and axis to restore balance and relieve chronic neck pain. These professionals use precise, gentle techniques to encourage your body to naturally realign itself, providing a non-invasive and often highly effective solution for chronic neck pain post-accident.

How Many Chiropractic Sessions Do I Need For Neck Pain?

After learning about the importance of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care, you may be asking, "How many sessions will it take to alleviate my neck pain?" This is a common question, and the answer depends on several factors, including the severity of your pain, your overall health, and the extent of misalignment.

The Initial Phase

In the initial phase of the care regimen, your chiropractor may recommend multiple visits per week. This is because your body needs time and repeated adjustments to accept this new, proper alignment. Remember, your body has been functioning out of alignment for quite some time, and it needs a period of adjustment—no pun intended—to get used to this new normal.

The Rehabilitation Phase

Once your body starts responding positively to the adjustments and your symptoms begin to decrease, your chiropractor will likely reduce the frequency of your visits. This phase is known as the rehabilitation phase. The aim is to reinforce the correct alignment, allowing the body to heal and stabilize.

The Maintenance Phase

At this point, you will focus on preserving the health and integrity of your spine and preventing another misalignment. As a result, the frequency of visits during this phase is often less, with some patients only needing to visit once a month.

It's important to note that each person's body responds differently to the care regimen, so what works for one person may not work for another. The key is consistent follow-ups with your Upper Cervical Chiropractic doctor, who can accurately gauge your progress and adjust your care plan as necessary. 

It’s crucial to maintain open and honest communication with your chiropractor. It would also help to practice self-care techniques such as the following: 

  • Always be conscious of your posture, whether standing, sitting, or even sleeping.
  • Engage in regular physical activity to strengthen your neck and back muscles. 
  • Ensure you drink enough water daily, typically about 8-10 glasses, to keep your spinal discs in good condition.
  • Be extra cautious when lifting heavy things or doing sudden movements. 
  • If you spend a lot of time at a desk, ensure your workspace is ergonomically set up.
  • Say yes to a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats like avocados and olive oil to maintain a healthy spine.

Don't let an old accident keep you in the rearview mirror—look forward to the journey ahead with Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Call the nearest Upper Cervical Chiropractic office in your city today!

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