The time of the year is coming where conditions for driving will start to increase car accidents. Studies have shown that even at slow speeds a fender bender can cause some serious issues. One of the common injuries that happens during an accident is neck pain, mostly due to a whiplash type injury. When this type of injury happens, the muscles and ligaments in the neck are pushed past their limits. This injury may not be noticed right away and may even take a few days before symptoms start to arise. Some symptoms that may be related to the whiplash injury include: headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, and stiffness. It is important to monitor your symptoms and watch for any of these and communicate any changes to your physician. Chiropractors are trained in human biomechanics to help restore function in the body. During the first few days the goal of the treatment is to manage the pain and swelling of the injured area along with reducing the inflammation to help decrease the muscle spasms. As you start to recover from the initial trauma of your accident, a chiropractor can start to focus on spinal realignment for pain control and help take the pressure off the nerves to help continue the healing process. As always, be safe this year when driving. Make sure to wear your seatbelt along with adjusting your headrest so that it can cushion your neck and head.