If neck pain has become part of your personal reality after a car accident, you have choices you will need to make. You can learn to live with the pain, but that seldom ends well because neck pain tends to be progressive in nature. It simply doesn’t get better without intervention, instead getting worse and worse as time goes by.

Your other option is a lot more pragmatic. You can actually take steps to relieve your pain. Once you have decided to go all-in on getting some kind of treatment, it all boils down to you selecting the treatment option or options that would best suit your personal needs.

So, what treatment options for neck pain might you have available to you? While the choice would be numerous, there are three (3) primary treatment options that seem to be the best of the lot. In the following sections, the information will take on these three neck pain treatment options in more detail.

1. Home Remedies

It’s human nature to always go in search of options that are most convenient and the least cumbersome. In terms of treating neck pain that results from an auto accident, the employment of home remedies would be at the top of the list as a convenient option.

The three home remedies that tend to get the most play from injury sufferers are heat treatments, massage treatments, and the use of nerve stimulation devices. Let’s review these home remedies in more depth.

Heat Treatments

The theory behind heat treatment for neck pain is very simple. Within the medical community, it’s well known that increased blood flow to an injured area has healing properties. How does someone increase the flow of blood within their body? They apply heat to the area in which they want to increase blood flow.

For the neck, heat treatments can be facilitated in many ways, including the use of hot packs, heating pads, paraffin baths, infrared light therapy, whirlpool baths, or saunas. In fact, the employment of any combination of these options might well offer optimum results.

Deep Tissue Massage Treatments

Deep tissue massages are great option to help with soft tissue injuries. In much the same way as heat offers pain relief, massage treatments seek to make the muscles around the neck relax. As the muscles relax, the flow of blood to the targeted area should increase absent of some kind of medical condition. As blood flow increases, swelling and neck pain will usually decrease.

Caution is warranted with this option. Some massage therapists don’t have much training in terms of providing massage treatments when neck injuries are involved.

Electronic Devices That Stimulate Muscles and Nerves

As technology creates more devices that can be used to treat pain and injuries, people become more willing to experiment instead of pursuing more invasive treatment options. Electronic devices that seem to be popular in the treatment of body pain issues include devices like the TENS Unit. Apex Chiropractic is not a fan of the TENS Unit but they do pride themselves on the results of the at home device that they get for their patients who are looking for extra help. It is a prescription only device that rebuilds the nerves through specific frequencies.

2. Chiropractic Treatment

Given the potential seriousness of neck pain associated with a neck injury sustained during a car accident, intervention by some kind of a professional treatment specialist should be given priority. Assuming a neck pain issue is minor to moderate, treatment from a licensed chiropractor would seem to be the right call.

Chiropractors actually specialize in treating injuries and pain issues involving the neck, back, and soft tissue areas around the joints. They do this through a series of treatment options that address the muscles, joints, and mainly the spine (back and neck).

To be clear, chiropractors also focus on remedies that increase blood flow for the purpose of healing injured areas. These remedies typically include massage therapies, light therapy and therapeutic processes that target trigger points in the body.

Chiropractors also spend a lot of time making adjustments to the skeletal system for the purpose of improving a patient’s balance, mobility, immune response, a range of motion in the joints. By improving these body functions, chiropractors seek to leave their patients stronger and pain-free.

3. Medical Intervention

When significant injuries and pain are evident, the car accident victim will probably want to seek immediate medical intervention. Why? Severe injuries tend to escalate very quickly if not treated in a timely manner.

When the right course of medical treatment is in question, doctors will usually default to some form of medicinal treatment. They tend to want to lower pain and decrease injury swelling before they start making decisions about more invasive treatment options.

Of course, surgery would be considered the ultimate option in terms of invasive procedures. Given the risk associated with any kind of surgical procedure, more orthopedic surgeons will treat surgery as a “last resort” solution. This would be the only remaining viable medical treatment option if drugs and other alternative options are unable to offer adequate pain and injury relief.

As the one dealing with neck pain, you have to decide which option is beast for you. Of course, it would be a very good idea to perhaps consult with a doctor and or a chiropractor.

If you need the advice of a reputable chiropractor near Erie, Colorado, we encourage you to contact Apex Chiropractic about setting up an appointment for an assessment and perhaps treatment. You can do that by reaching out to us via Phone: 720-328-1790 or Email: info@apexchiroco.com.