I was rear-ended almost a month ago. Didn't have any pain or obvious symptoms but went to a chiro to get checked out just to back sure. He did elec-stem / some manipulations to my back and neck for a few weeks and I was doing fine. Then 5 days ago I slept on the sofa and woke up with a stiff neck that limited my mobility. I applied a heating pad for 45 minutes but that made it worse.
Now I can barely move my neck at all. I went back in today and he cracked my neck sideways in both directions [like before] but this time it only felt worse. The pain / stiffness seems to stem right where my spine meets the skull and all of the surrounds muscle tissue on either side is tender and extremely tight. I've had about 7 treatments but feel how he's treating me is no longer beneficial. I'm looking into a massage therapist to reduce the muscle inflamation along with finding a neck / spine specialist just to see what the root of the problem is. I saw my orthopedic but that was before these recent issues. He felt I would be fine. Neither took x-rays.
What should my next steps be, both in seeking a 2nd [3rd] opinion and what can I do at home to improve my condition? Thanks!