Why Does My Neck/Back Hurt After a Car Accident?
Many people who experience car accidents wind up with a host of medical issues. While some people suffer very noticeable acute wounds like bone fractures and cuts, many find over time that their accidents have caused other problems as well. Neck and back pain are very common among car accident victims, even those who appear to suffer no severe wounds at the time of their accidents. Neck and back pain may be secondary effects of other injuries, or may indicate other, more severe issues.
Seek Prompt Medical Care after a Car Accident
It’s crucial for anyone involved in a car accident to seek medical treatment as soon as possible following the incident. Even if a driver does not feel or appear injured at first, adrenaline can sometimes dull pain sensations for quite some time. Seeking medical care as soon as possible not only helps minimize the chances of leaving a serious medical issue unaddressed for too long, but also help protect car accident victims in future lawsuits.
Neck pain could be a symptom of whiplash, a brain injury that results from the body violently jerking in different directions. Car accidents often involve sudden impacts, violent turns, and unexpected momentum shifts. All of these things can cause whiplash as the neck violently bends. The human neck is not capable of absorbing the force associated with a car crash. Neck pain can range in severity from mild to excruciating, and may even limit victims’ ability to work and perform daily tasks.
The spinal column is the series of vertebrae running from the skull down the center of the back. These bones encase the spinal cord, the cluster of nerves that runs from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal column carries neurological signals from the brain to the rest of the body, allowing the brain to regulate bodily functions and enabling physical use of the body. Any damage to the spinal cord is permanent and severely debilitating. The higher on the spine an injury occurs, the more significant the results.
A spinal injury low on the back can impair the victim’s ability to walk or control bowel functions. An injury closer to the base of the skull can result in complete paralysis, even rendering the victim unable to breathe without assistance. Back pain is not an indicator of a spinal cord injury. A severe spinal cord injury will be immediately apparent, but back pain after a crash can indicate an issue that will worsen over time without treatment. Many people who walk away from car accidents seemingly unscathed often develop neck or back pain within a few days and wonder about their legal options.
Recovery and Damages
While neck and back pain may seem mild compared to the other possible outcomes of a car accident, it’s vital to acknowledge how painful and distressing neck and back pain can be. Some people experience back pain so severe they cannot walk without heavy medication or assistance, and others cannot work or perform everyday tasks without help. The attorneys at SteinLaw can help an injured car accident victim secure compensation for the long-term effects of neck and back pain after a car accident.