Neck pain and back pain after a car accident should be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of neck, back, and spinal cord injury can take several days or weeks after a traffic accident to manifest, some accident victims do not seek immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, by the time injury symptoms become chronic, severe damage and complications may have already developed.
Victims of car accidents are encouraged to treat pain after a car crash as a sign that they need to see a doctor to rule out a serious or possibly debilitating back and neck injury. A doctor can perform several diagnostic tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, to detect an accident injury. Once an injury is diagnosed, a comprehensive treatment plan can help heal the damage and prevent further harm that can lead to impairments or lifelong chronic pain.
Neck pain and lower back pain can be an indication of common injuries that occur in car accidents. A back or neck injury can occur in minor and low-impact crashes as well as moderate to high-speed collisions. Some of the most common injuries to the back and neck from motor vehicle accidents include:
The above injuries are not the only neck and back injuries that people suffer in auto accidents. In addition to the impact of the crash, the systems intended to protect people in traffic accidents can cause injury. Seatbelts and airbags can shift the force applied to the neck and spine resulting in severe injuries.
Whenever a person is involved in an automobile accident, it is important for that person to watch for signs and symptoms of injuries.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
Symptoms of back injuries include:
Symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:
The treatments for back and neck injuries can range from pain medication, epidural injections, and muscle relaxants. The treatments can also range all the way to surgery, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Depending on the severity of the injury, a car accident accident victim could be out of work for an extended period undergoing treatment and therapy.
Medical bills, lost wages, and other financial damages could be significant. In the event of paralysis or other permanent impairment, an accident victim may never return to work and require lifelong medical care and personal care. A car accident lawyer may be able to assist with the filing of a claim to recover full compensation for all damages.
Amar Esq. PLLC is an accident injury law office located in Scottsdale, AZ.