Neck injuries are fairly common in car accidents. Due to the angles of the impacts and the way the head and neck are moved when a vehicle is suddenly stopped, there is a high risk for neck injuries.
There are several common kinds of neck injuries that you could suffer from after a crash. These include:
- Slipped or herniated discs
- Cervical spondylolisthesis
- Neck fractures
- Neck muscle or tendon tears or damage
- Cuts or lacerations to the neck
- Pinched nerves
- Facet joint injuries
- Muscle spasms
All of these can be troublesome, but if any of these injuries end up affecting the spinal cord, you could be at risk of suffering from paralysis or other serious symptoms.
What should you do if you think you have a neck injury?
If you’re involved in a crash and there is a chance that you have a neck injury, you need to seek medical attention. Not receiving care for your injury as soon as you can could lead to serious complications, such as additional swelling that damages the spine or chronic, lasting pain.
Getting care as soon as you can gives you a better chance of avoiding the complications that would lengthen your recovery. Early treatment helps you reduce inflammation, get care for severe injuries that could lead to paralysis or permanent damage to the discs, joints or ligaments and the risk of reinjury.
There are multiple treatment options that may be able to help, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Short-term support with braces or neck collars
- Ice and heat
- Pain relievers
- Surgery, such as kyphoplasty for fractured vertebrae
You deserve an opportunity to get the care you need to be able to recover as soon as possible.
If you’re injured in an auto accident, you have the opportunity to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. Doing so could help you get the money you need to seek the treatments that would help you recover without having to spend your own resources on getting that care. You deserve an opportunity to be made financially whole, and your claim has the potential to do that for you.