Neck and back injuries after a car crash

Neck and back injuries can change your life. Even something that is relatively minor, like a whiplash, has the potential to lead to hours in rehabilitation along with headaches, dizziness and other concerns.

After a car accident, you may have neck or back injuries that need to be treated. You should immediately go to the hospital, even if you think you're fine. These types of injuries may be slow to manifest, showing up hours or even days after a crash.

What are the symptoms of back and neck injuries?

Back and neck injuries lead to many symptoms. Some may not show up right away due to the adrenaline in the person's system caused by the trauma they went through. Some symptoms that may emerge include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Paralysis
  • Localized pain
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms

As inflammation spreads, these symptoms may worsen. This is why it's important to seek medical care right away. For certain injuries, like spinal injuries, it's best if inflammation can be reduced as soon as possible to protect the nerves and prevent further damage to the spinal cord.

Back injuries can be debilitating, so getting the right medical help is essential. Immediately after suffering an obvious back injury, the emergency team will likely place you on a board and splint the injured areas including your spine and neck. This is to prevent movement during transport from the scene of the injury to the hospital and to reduce the likelihood of further damage caused by movement.

Once at the hospital, the medical provider you see can let you know how significant your injuries are. You may need to stay overnight or be taken to surgery in severe cases.

If you've suffered injuries to your back or neck in a car accident that wasn't your fault, make sure you take the time to learn more about your legal options.

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