If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash/collision and believe you are experiencing symptoms of a neck injury, it is important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Our necks are less protected than the rest of our spine, which makes us vulnerable to injuries in this area of our body.
Neck sprains/strains, whiplash, and pinched nerves are the most commonly seen neck injuries.
A neck sprain is when neck ligaments are stretched or torn. A neck strain occurs when the muscle or a tendon is suddenly contracted or stretched by a strong force.
The most common causes of neck sprains and strains are motor vehicle crashes/collisions, repetitive motions such as typing on a keyboard for extended periods of time, or sporting activities. Common symptoms include:
- Mild to severe pain or discomfort that increases with movement
- Muscle spasms
- Limited range of motion in the affected area
- Tightness or stiffness in the neck and shoulder area
Although whiplash is usually associated with car crashes, it can result from any sudden and powerful force that causes the head and neck to quickly move backward and forward. This type of forceful movement can cause your head to snap back and forth, which causes the muscles and ligaments in your neck to extend beyond what they should.
With whiplash, you may not feel it immediately. You may think you’re fine and then start to hurt the next day. Symptoms may go away after a few days, or they may linger for weeks or longer. Symptoms of whiplash may include:
- Neck soreness and stiffness
- Blurry vision
- Feeling tired
- Decreased range of motion
A pinched nerve happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding materials, possibly by the powerful and sudden force of a car crash or through a herniated disc. Damage caused by a pinched nerve can range in severity and symptoms can be temporary or long-term depending on when the issue is diagnosed and treated.
Symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Sharp or burning pain that radiates outward
- Numbness or decreased sensation in the area around the impacted nerve
- Tingling or “pins and needles” feeling in the fingers or hands
- Muscle weakness in the arm, shoulder, or hand
If you or a loved one have experienced neck injuries because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.