Research shows that auto injuries can actually weaken your neck. The bones of your neck are held together with bands of tissue called ligaments. The ligaments keep your spine stable and protect spinal nerves.During a car crash, your neck is exposed to a rapid, violent motions that may strain or tear the ligaments.
A 2006 study from Japan performed an anatomical study of the human neck under simulated whiplash motion. They found that the forces involved in even a mild collision can stretch the ligaments to a point that reduces their ability to stabilize the spine.
Weakened ligaments can result in permanent disability and chronic pain, as the spine can lose its stability and integrity.
If you’ve been injured in a crash, it’s important to get treatment right away to prevent worsening conditions. Your chiropractor can determine the nature of your injury and develop a treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery.
Tominaga Y, Ndu AB, Coe MP, et al. Neck ligament strength is decreased following whiplash trauma. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006;7:103.