Neck Injury After A Car Accident 

Neck injuries caused by car accidents are often more serious than they seem at first. In fact, it’s common for neck injuries to start causing pain a few days or even a few weeks after a traumatic car accident. 

What Neck Injuries Do Car Accidents Cause? 

Neck and spine injuries are the some of the most common injuries after accident, because your head is a heavy weight at the top of your thin, flexible spine. Your head can weigh anywhere between 7 and 11 pounds. Combine that weight with the force of a sudden stop and you have a perfect recipe for all kinds of neck injuries, including: 

  1. Whiplash: Whiplash is your neck bending forcibly in one direction, then in another which causes pain. Learn more about whiplash on our Whiplash page.  
  2. Strain: Strain happens when the muscles in your neck become stretched or torn during an accident. This is the same thing that happens when you “pull a muscle”.  
  3. Sprain: Sprain happens when the ligaments in your neck stretch to far, or tear.  
  4. Pinched Nerves: Bone spurs, fragments of ruptured disks, or other internal debris can touch or rest on nerves in the neck and spine. This causes extreme pain, numbness, or tingling.  

Can I have Delayed Neck Pain After A Car Accident? 

If you have a neck injury, your symptoms may show up immediately or they may be delayed by hours or even days. 

What Are the Symptoms of A Neck Injury? 

Some symptoms of neck injuries include: 

  • Difficulty Turning the Neck 
  • Headaches 
  • Muscle Spasms in the Neck and Shoulders 
  • Neck Pain 
  • Stiffness in the Neck 
  • Weakness in the Legs, Arms, Hands, or Fingers 

How Do I Know if My Neck Injury is Serious? 

If you feel any pain in your neck, or have any of the above symptoms after a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. It may be impossible to tell how serious your neck injury is on your own, so it is always best to get your doctor’s opinion. It’s also important to know that your injury may get more severe over time if you do not get treatment. 

How Long Does Neck Pain Last After A Car Accident? 

The amount of time that neck pain lasts is largely dependent on the type and severity of the injury you have. Generally speaking though, most symptoms should fade after 2 – 4 weeks.  

Treatment of a Neck Injury 

After you seek medical attention from a doctor, there are many ways to facilitate your recovery.  

You can go to a chiropractor who is familiar with car accident injuries.  

Axis Spine and Sport in Tempe 

Arizona Pain Specialists 

SW Spine and Rehab in Mesa 

Atlas Neurosurgery and Spine 


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