NECK, BACK, AND SPINAL CORD INJURY INFORMATION
Automobile accidents injure over 2 million people every year in the United States. These accidents can cause severe back and neck injuries—even at low speeds. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Back and neck injuries can become chronic if not treated quickly.
Many people involved in car accidents experience what is known as “whiplash”. Whiplash is typically an injury to the neck that occurs as a result of the body being whipped forward and then back. This whip-
Herniated or Bulging Discs
During an automobile accident, the back and spine can be violently shifted out of place. At first, victims may feel fine and may assume that they are uninjured. But over time, this misalignment can create swelling and pressure around the delicate discs of the vertebrae. These herniated or bulging discs will cause extreme pain as they compress the delicate nerves inside the spinal cord. When this occurs, victims may experience pain, numbness in their extremities and even difficulty walking. If not treated quickly, herniated discs can lead to a lifetime of chronic back pain and can significantly impact a person's day to day activities.
For most minor back and neck injuries resulting from an accident, the injured person is not immediately aware that he has even suffered an injury. It may not be until hours later or even days later, that the symptoms of a back or neck injury become severe enough to require medical treatment. If left untreated or if not treated properly these injuries can worsen and become chronic and debilitating.
If you have been involved in an accident and are experiencing any sort of neck and/or back pain, you should see a physician immediately to get a proper diagnosis and promptly begin treatment. In addition, contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and determine if you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.