One of the most unfortunate aspects of neck injuries is that damage to one area of your neck often means damage to other parts of your body. That’s because all of the bones, joints, soft tissue and nerves are all connected, working together to hold your head up and allowing it to move. Many of the most common types of neck injuries can lead to pain in other areas of your body, making recovery a complicated process.
Some of the most common types of neck injuries include:
Whiplash occurs when the head is thrown into hyperextension, and then quickly swung forward. This happens most often due to car crashes, but it can also happen during a sports injury or slip and fall accident. Whiplash can cause damage to joints or discs, and even lead to irritated nerve roots or spinal cord damage. Symptoms of whiplash can be delayed after an injury, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident.
A herniated disc typically occurs as a result of sudden, forceful or repeated stress. What happens is the soft substance within the disc is pushed out. When that soft substance touches the nerve root, symptoms such as extreme pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the arms can occur. Often, surgery may be needed to fully recover from a herniated disc injury.
A sprain involves injury to the ligaments in the neck. Ligaments are the strong bands of connective tissue that hold everything together. Neck strains are typically caused by falls or sudden twists that overload or stretch the joint. Symptoms of a neck strain include pain, swelling and reduced flexibility.
Spinal Cord Injury
An injury to the spinal cord occurs when a fracture or dislocation of the neck causes damage to the spinal cord. This type of injury is especially dangerous as a person may die or need a respirator to live if the damage occurs at the 3rd vertebra or above in the neck. Those with spinal cord injuries often endure a lifetime of pain and may even have a certain level of paralysis. A lawyer specializing in spine injuries is recommended if this unfortunate situations occurs
With all neck injuries, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as the full extent of your injury is not always immediately noticeable. It is also crucial to stabilize your neck until you can be seen by a doctor. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident or slip and fall that has resulted in a neck injury, call the legal experts at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience today!