Can a car accident affect neck posture?

More and more patients that come into my office are, in one way or another, familiar with the term “text neck”. Some admit to having heard the words, but aren’t exactly sure what they mean.
Text neck is caused by a number of things, one of the big ones is from looking down at your phone or other device when you send a text or check Facebook or email. There are several other causes, like sitting at a desk all day, slouching forward on the couch while watching TV, and the list goes on –

Text neck, or what we call Anterior Head Syndrome is actually a major health concern, and there are many reasons why. Check out these very short videos explaining some of the negative effects:

What most people don’t know is that whiplash can actually cause this as well. Whiplash causes damage to the muscles on the back of the neck which results in them being weakened. That weakening results in a straightening of the natural “C”-shaped curve of the neck, which is actually the first phase of spinal arthritis!
This is one of the biggest reasons to have your spine checked by a chiropractor after you’ve been in a car accident. Without treatment, spinal arthritis will progress until degenerative changes appear that cannot be reversed.
If you’ve been involved in a car crash, get checked as soon as possible!