Pain in the Neck: Neck Injuries After a Car Accident
Neck injuries are usually ranked as the most common injury following a car accident. Your neck is extremely sensitive, and the impact of a collision can seriously damage your neck. Neck injuries can range from very minor to extremely severe and debilitating. If you feel any pain in your neck following an accident, you should always seek medication attention immediately.
Whiplash: Neck Strain
One of the most common neck injuries in a collision results from whiplash. Whiplash is a form of muscle strain or tear that results from pulling or contracting the muscles suddenly or too far.
These injuries are even more frequent in rear-end collisions. However, you may not realize that you suffered from whiplash until hours or even days after the accident occurs. This is because your body releases more adrenaline and cortisol into your blood stream shortly after a collision. These hormones help manage pain, so you may not realize that you are hurt until they have completely gone through your blood stream. In fact, these hormones are such a great “numbing” agent, that you may not even realize if you have a very serious neck injury.
Once you begin to feel pain, you will likely experience other common symptoms of whiplash, including:
- Shoulder pain or stiffness
- Soreness of the jaw
- Weakness in your arms or hands
- Blurred vision
- Back pain or discomfort
- Dizziness and vomiting
- Ringing of the ears
- Reduced range of motion in the neck
- Muscle spasms in the neck
Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)
Cervical nerves radiate from the spinal cord and into the arm. They provide feeling to upper arm and shoulder. They also help control movement. However, when a nerve is damaged, it cannot work properly. A bone spur, bone fragment, ruptured disc, or other types of injuries can also affect the nerves.
When the nerve does not work properly, the muscles in that area may seem weaker, the skin may feel numb, or there could be pain where the nerve is located. These symptoms of a pinched nerve are collectively referred to as Cervical Radiculopathy. Treatments could include surgery, physical therapy, or visits with a chiropractor.
Herniated Cervical Disc
Like the back, the neck is also made up of vertebrae that are cushioned on either side by discs. When these discs come out of place, there can be serious problems. This disc movement is sometimes called a herniated disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc. Part of the disc’s center releases, and it can press against the spinal nerves and cause other problems. Symptoms of this type of injury include:
- Pain in virtually any part of the body or along the nerve
- Numbness in extremities (hands, feet, legs, arms)
- Muscle weakness along the nerve
Seeking Legal Help
The important thing to remember is that not all neck injuries have pain the neck. If other parts of your body have unexplained pain, that could be a sign of something more severe. You should always visit an experienced medical professional after an auto accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious neck injury, call The Dixon Injury Firm as soon as possible. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury. Give us a call at 855-552-2337 for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you!