Most Common Car Accident Injuries to the Neck and Spine
Get checked for these common car accident injuries soon after a crash
If you are in a car accident, you are likely worried first about your car. The adrenaline often keeps you from feeling the effects of an injury until well after the accident. A crash, though, creates a powerful impact on your neck and spine. As soon after an accident as possible, whether you feel symptoms or not, you should visit a doctor to check for these common car accident injuries.
- Spinal Pain
Spinal pain is one of the most common injuries after an accident. It is particularly insidious because you can confuse it with regular back pain that we may experience every day. Over time, though, this can interfere with many of your day to day activities.
- Neck Sprain
If an accident causes your body to thrust against your seat belt, the jolt to your neck can give you a sprain. This gives you neck pain that prevents you from moving your head or neck normally.
- Herniated Disc
Your spine consists of several vertebrae. To cushion them from pushing against each other and protect the spinal cord, you have discs that nestle between them. Damage to the discs creates pain and leaves the spinal cord vulnerable.
- Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve or bulging disc in your neck can send pain through your neck, head, shoulders, and back. You may feel weakness and numbness, either immediately after the accident or in the days and weeks that follow.
Because your spinal cord is at the center of your nervous system, a severe injury can cause you pain, numbness, or even loss of control in different parts of your body. This may occur gradually after you are injured.
All of these injuries can create pain and discomfort that impacts your work and your personal life. If you are in a car accident, even if you don’t feel pain initially, you should go to a physician for diagnosis and treatment. If you have suffered injuries in a crash in or around Madison, Wisconsin, contact Eisenberg Law Offices for effective representation.