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Car Accidents, Neck Injuries, and the Importance of Immediate Treatment

Any type of motor vehicle accident, regardless of the circumstances, has the potential to cause serious injuries. While every body part is at risk, neck injuries are among the most common. And unfortunately, any injury to your neck can cause severe pain, discomfort, and various other symptoms.

Here are some of the most common types of neck injuries suffered in a car accident:

  • Whiplash

  • Herniated disc

  • Pinched nerve

  • Muscle strain or sprain

  • Facet joint injury

  • Neck fracture

  • Cuts and lacerations

As you can see, some of these injuries are more serious than others. However, any type of neck injury requires immediate medical attention. Your medical team can run a variety of diagnostic tests to ensure that you receive timely, targeted treatment.

Should you find that you don’t have a serious neck injury — but instead something minor like a muscle strain — you can continue with treatment at home. Ice therapy, heat therapy, and range of motion exercises can all help to restore your former level of health.

Be careful on the road, but if you are in an accident, your health is top priority. Receive treatment and then take the steps necessary to make a full recovery.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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