When a car accident takes place, the whipping motion of the neck is nearly inevitable. Whiplash puts a lot of pressure and tension on the upper neck joints. This type of injury can cause tearing of the loose ligaments and tendons of the upper neck in very complex ways. During a car accident, the body is strapped to the car, but the head is able to fly around freely creating a whipping motion at the neck.
Because the ligaments are weaker in the upper neck joints, the whiplash injury is much more likely to misalign the upper neck than the lower neck. Unless the head and neck injury is properly evaluated, it can lead to long term upper cervical instability.
When a car crash happens, our necks often get jerked around, almost like the snap of a whip. This sudden movement is called whiplash and it can be pretty tough on the top part of our neck. Why? Because the ligaments and tendons there are kind of loose and can easily get torn or stretched in messy ways.
During the crash, our bodies are held by the seatbelt, but our heads can move around a lot, leading to that whipping effect on our neck. The top part of the neck is more delicate than the bottom, so it’s more likely to get out of place from this motion. If this injury isn’t checked out and treated right, it can cause problems in our neck for a long time. Unless the upper cervical spine is properly evaluated, it can lead to long term upper cervical instability.