Why it's important to gain strength after a neck injury caused by a car accident
After a car accident whiplash injury, the injured person may lose neck range of motion, that is how far a person can turn his or her head in any one direction. It is very common for an injured person to stop using their normal range of motion because of the pain from the whiplash and because of muscle spasms. Just like any other muscle, this lack of use will cause the neck muscles to atrophy.
In order to prevent muscle atrophy, it's important that a patient does muscle-strengthening exercises daily at home to regain strength, range of motion and to avoid muscle atrophy. When the neck muscles atrophy a person loses the shape and posture of the neck permanently; that in and of itself will also lead to spine degeneration.
The videos below explain some excellent neck exercises.
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