Suffering some form of neck stiffness or neck pain after a car accident is quite common.
While these symptoms often dissipate on their own shortly after an accident, neck pain and stiffness can also be a symptom of a severe injury that needs to be taken seriously.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a generic term that is often applied to a variety of injuries that result in neck pain or stiffness. These injuries are typically caused by the type of sudden, severe jerk of the head that can take place in a car accident.
Neck Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck are one of the most common causes of neck pain after a car accident. In minor cases, discomfort may dissipate shortly after an accident without any further complication.
In some cases, a neck injury can affect one or more of the nerves that radiate from the spine out to other parts of the parts of the body. When these nerves are irritated or damaged, injury victims may experience pain, numbness or muscle weakness in the affected area.
Neck trauma can also cause one of the discs cushioning the vertebrae of the spine to become dislodged and/or rupture. Depending on the location of the injury, a herniated disc can place pressure on a nerve that results in numbness, weakness or pain along the path of the nerve, as discussed above. In other cases, injury victims may only experience pain or numbness in the shoulders or chest.
Severe neck injuries can result in considerable medical expenses and loss of income, and some injuries can lead to permanent disability or otherwise impact a victim’s quality of life.
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Have you or a family member been injured in a car accident in the Clearwater area? You may need the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-753-5203 to speak with a member of our injury law team.