Neck and back injuries are some of the most common types of injuries victims can suffer from in a car accident. Neck injuries can range from mild injuries such as whiplash or neck strain to more serious injuries such as disk injury, cervical radiculopathy or ligament instability. You may have heard the word whiplash before but aren't familiar with what it means. Whiplash is an injury to the neck which was caused by a sudden or abrupt jerking motion of the head. It is the result of a forward and backward motion. The symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Numbness in the arm
- Blurred vision
- Sleep disturbances
Whiplash and seeing a doctor
There are many other symptoms that could indicate whiplash. However, some symptoms may not show up right away. It could take 24 hours or longer. If you've been in an accident, don't wait to see a doctor. You may feel fine, especially if the accident was minor, but you could have symptoms that show up days or weeks later. If you wait for those symptoms to flare up before you see a doctor, and you take legal action, the gap in treatment could hurt your case. This hurts your case because the insurance company will argue that if you received you neck or whiplash pain from the accident, then you would have seen a doctor immediately after the accident. This argument has prevented victims from receiving compensation for their pain and suffering.
Along with neck and whiplash injuries, you could also suffer from disc problems. Disc injuries are when there is a rupturing of the tissue that separates the vertebral bones of the spinal column. This can be caused by the trauma of a car accident. Symptoms can include:
- Aching and stiffness along your spine
- Sharp pains in the neck
- Chronic pains in the middle or lower back after periods of sitting or standing
- Back pain from the lower back that radiates as far as the toes
- Inability to stand straight without having lower back spasms
We can't say this enough, as with all accidents, it’s imperative to get checked out by a medical professional. Immediate medical attention is vital to the recovery from any neck injury. This is why it's important for anyone who has been in a car accident to be examined by a doctor within 24 hours. This way, you can make sure you are not hurt, and if you are, get on the road to recovery.