Spinal cord and neck injuries can be painful and physically debilitating. In severe cases, neck injuries can prevent victims from returning to work, and they can cost a veritable fortune to treat. If you feel neck pain after a crash, your top priority is to seek medical attention. Putting off treatment could allow the condition to worsen, and a fast diagnosis may shorten your recovery time. Do not let the cost of a doctor’s appointment prevent you from seeking treatment.
Here is a brief overview of four common causes of neck pain after a car wreck:
Small, spongy discs cushion your spine and protect sensitive nerves in your back. According to WebMD, these discs also prevent your neck from moving in awkward angles. Sudden and traumatic forces, such as those experienced in car accidents, can cause these discs to bulge or break. If they press on the nerves in the spine, they can cause severe pain in the lower back or neck.
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Straining a muscle in your back or neck can cause debilitating pain. However, muscle strains are not as common as other neck injuries in car accidents. They are often secondary injuries because the muscles in your neck will work harder to protect damaged discs or joints.
Damage to Facet Joint
According to Medscape, facet joints are common sources of neck pain. The impact of a car accident can damage the facet joint. This often occurs in conjunction with a disc injury. Facet joint pain is usually isolated either to the right or left side of the neck. The affected region may be tender to the touch. Many people confuse facet joint injuries with muscle strains.
Car wrecks often cause herniated discs and bone spurs. These can compress spinal nerves, which contributes to neck pain. Nerve damage can be debilitating and progressive. For this reason, it is important to seek medical attention immediately after the car accident to reduce the likelihood of permanent damage. After consulting a physician, contact an accident attorney to discuss your legal options. You should not have to pay for medical bills and lost income due to another driver’s negligence.
A Gulfport car accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LTD can help you avoid mistakes during the claims process. Our firm has more than 50 attorneys and a support staff of 100 legal professionals. We have been representing the injured for more than 30 years. If the injury was the result of another driver’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, lost income and other damages related to the crash. A Gulfport accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD can evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. We can talk to witnesses, gather evidence and aggressively fight for the maximum payout. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.