When your car impacts another car, a truck, or other solid object in a crash, your neck is thrust back and forth. The force of the movement can damage muscles and tendons and even nerves and bones. The fact is that nearly everyone who is involved in a Kansas City car crash suffers some type of neck injury.
Common Kansas City accident neck injuries:
- Whiplash or neck sprain
- Cervical disc herniation
- Cervical radiculopathy
The medical term for whiplash is cervical sprain (or cervical strain). A cervical sprain is just what it sounds like, a sprain or stretching or tearing of the muscles in the neck.
Symptoms of cervical sprain include:
- Neck pain
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of your neck
- Muscle spasms (in the side or back of your neck)
- Difficulty moving your neck around
- Shoulder pain
- Pain in either or both arms
- Weakness, numbness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs
- Pain shooting from the neck into either shoulder or arm
Neck sprains can occur along with more serious injury, so it is important to get your neck pain checked. Most people recover from cervical sprains within six weeks, but symptoms can last a year or longer. Learn more about cervical strains and sprains in our article, "Common Kansas City Car Crash Injuries: Can I Receive Insurance Compensation for Whiplash?"
Cervical Disc Herniation
The vertebrae in the spine have discs that act as cushions to keep the bones from rubbing together. The spinal discs help keep our spines flexible so we can move without harming our spinal cord . A herniated disc occurs when the spine is jolted in an unnatural way by a sudden force. When the discs are damaged, they can rupture. The ruptured or herniated may press against the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots causing significant pain and discomfort. Symptoms of cervical disc herniation include:
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands
Treatment usually includes pain medication and rest. In some cases traction if physical therapy are needed. If the disc is pressing against a nerve or pain is constant, surgery may be necessary. Learn more in our article, "Cervical Disc Herniation: Treatment Options".
An untreated ruptured disc can cause cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy is the medical term for a pinched or damaged nerve in the neck. Symptoms include pain, tingling, or numbness in the neck and into the shoulders or arms. Cervical radiculopathy is treated with steroids and pain relievers, rest and physical therapy.
These neck conditions are debilitating and may keep the accident victim from working for weeks, months or even longer. But, with proper diagnosis, they are treatable.
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