Minor neck injuries often occur after road accidents. This causes pain in the neck muscles - often only a few hours after the accident. This usually gets worse over the first 24 to 36 hours, and then gradually improves, although this may take some time.
Recommended treatment is the wearing of a supportive collar. It is usually best to remove it at night, and use pillows to support the head. A rolled-up towel placed behind the back of the neck at night when lying flat helps to relieve the discomfort.
Avoid wearing the collar all the time - remove it regularly and gently move the neck to avoid becoming reliant on the collar. You should only use the collar for the time specified by the doctor.
Do wear the collar while driving a vehicle, and also when you are a passenger.
Regularly take the recommended painkillers to relieve the discomfort.
The collar may be hand washed.
If your doctor has made no arrangements to see you again, and the pain persists, contact your doctor or return to the trauma unit.
Correct sleeping posture