Accidents following road traffic collisions can easily result in neck and low back pain. Structures affected by a whiplash injury include your facet joints, spinal discs, muscles and ligaments. The end plate of cartilage that joins your disc to the bone is often injured resulting in longer term pain and dysfunction. The resulting instability of the spine and muscles can contribute to headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, arm pain, hand/wrist pain, reduced ability to turn and bend as well as neck and back pain. As your body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months after the accident. The key to a good recovery is early intervention to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue minimised. With modern manufacturing practices, it is the occupants who often suffer more damage than the car, so if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a whiplash injury, the earlier you seek chiropractic care, the better.