Being in an auto accident is a very difficult situation for many different reasons. Your pain is sometimes secondary to the aftermath of having your car at the mechanic, as well as the stress of dealing with the insurance companies and potentially missing work. While you are in a hurry to get your car repaired and back to normal activities, make sure to seek treatment before you make any major decisions. There could be underlying injuries that causes pain, stiffness, discomfort or just a minor stiff neck that you may need to treat. A car accident is a major event and can cause trauma and soft tissue injury that comes from the impact and could be significant.