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Neck stiffness after an Auto Accident

Neck Stiffness after an Auto Accident

Neck stiffness is a prevalent condition that often occurs due to an auto accident. Fortunately, at Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab in Puyallup, WA, we offer various rehabilitation methods that naturally relieve neck stiffness and pain. Our goal is to prevent the pain and stiffness long term following the accident.


Types of Neck Injuries that Cause Stiffness

The neck is composed of vertebrae, discs, nerves, ligaments and tendons. The discs are between each vertebrae and provide shock absorption. The ligaments are on each side of the vertebrae and help keep the vertebrae in line with each other protecting the nerves in the spine. With the impact from a car accident the ligaments can overstretch and become damaged causing pain and stiffness. Some common neck injuries include:


Whiplash is a very common injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Injuries can range from a simple ligament strain and vertebral subluxation to a spinal fracture. Whiplash usually occurs when the head is whipped forward and back. Whiplash can also occur from a side impact collision where the head goes from side to side.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is one of the most painful neck injuries after an accident. It often occurs when a person's neck is immobilized with a neck collar that is too tight or awkward.

Neck Sprain or Strain

A neck sprain or strain happens when the ligaments in the neck are over-stretched because of the force of an auto accident.

Symptoms of Neck Stiffness

People suffering from neck stiffness will likely experience:

  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the shoulders and upper back
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain resistance to movement of the neck is a sign of severe neck stiffness.

If you are experiencing minor or severe neck pain, contact us for a proper assessment.

Chiropractic Treatments for a Stiff Neck

Chiropractic treatments focus on improving the spine and alleviating neck stiffness. They include:

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulations are quick movements that help restore joints' proper alignment. This is done within the patient's range of motion, so there is little to no discomfort.


Adjustments help the vertebrae stay in alignment after a manipulation. Our chiropractor does this with a low-force technique.

Soft Tissue Work and Massage

Do you have super tight neck muscles? Soft tissue and massage therapy and soft tissue management can alleviate tension and allow your muscles to be more flexible.

Physical Therapy

Decrease range of motion due to pain and stiffness prevent proper neck movements. Physical therapy can decrease pain and stiffness, increase ranges of motion in your neck, and provide strength and stabilization to ensure the pain doesn't return.

Cold/Hot Compress

Cold and hot compresses can help to decrease the stiffness in your neck. A cold compress will cause blood vessels to contract and reduce inflammation, while a hot compress will cause blood vessels to expand and promote relaxation.

Visit Us for Auto Accident Injury Treatment in Puyallup, WA

Neck stiffness is a common symptom of auto accident injuries. If you are experiencing neck stiffness, reach out to our rehabilitation team at Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab in Puyallup, WA, by calling us at (253) 445-0440 to schedule your first consultation.