Back and Neck Injuries
Whiplash is the most common neck and back injury sustained in a car wreck. The term “whiplash” is used to describe sudden strain that occurs when your neck and spine are suddenly jerked back and forth during a trauma, such as that in a car wreck.
Over three million people receive treatment for whiplash each year after being in car wrecks. Of these, 10% will become permanently disabled. Although common, whiplash is a very serious condition that can lead to many other health complications. Early diagnosis followed by aggressive treatment is essential in order for you to properly heal.
Symptoms of Whiplash
If you have been in a car wreck and are having any of the following symptoms, you need to be evaluated for whiplash:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Trouble concentrating
- Decreased range of motion
- Tingling in your arm
- Pain in your shoulder, arm or back
Treatment and Other Conditions
If you are diagnosed with whiplash, you may need to seek rehabilitative treatment that could include massage or physical therapy.
Whiplash can also lead to other conditions that may require further treatment, including:
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ, TMD)
- Low back pain
- Disc injury
The Cost of a Neck or Back Injury
Depending on the severity of your injury, your recovery time could be substantial. The prospect of missed work, medical bills and other expenses may seem overwhelming. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate through this complicated time and will alleviate much of your stress and help get you back on your feet—both literally and financially.