Neck pain can be caused by an auto injury or from a fall. The neck is a very vulnerable part of the spine. It is very susceptible to injury. Muscle, ligament, nerve, and spine injuries are common causes of neck pain.
Neck pain can spread to the head, shoulders, arms, and hands. It can be acute or chronic. Acute neck pain begins suddenly, usually after an injury. Acute neck pain resolves as the injury heals, usually within several days or weeks. Chronic neck pain lasts longer than three months. Chronic pain may be constant and caused by structural changes in the spine from degenerative diseases.
Whiplash is one of the most common of all car accident injuries, with over one million incidents each year. Although it can describe a large range of neck injuries, it is typically used to describe hyperflexion and hyperextension injuries. Early care is highly recommended to prevent development or worsening of Whiplash Syndrome. Immediately after an injury the body begins to lay down scar tissue. The longer it takes to get the help you need, the worse it gets!
Many neck and back injuries dont show themselves right a way. Many of them entail seemingly minor damage, but given over time, the damage can increase to the point of extreme debilitation.
In some cases, neck pain indicates serious injury and require a doctor’s care. If you have neck pain that continues for more than a week, is severe, or is accompanied by other symptoms, contact the doctors at Creighton Health Care immediately.
You can reach us by phone at 813-915-8666 to discuss the required treatments to improve your quality of life.