A car accident may cause injury to any part of the body. However, there are certain injuries that occur more frequently in accident victims. This article will give a brief overview of those injuries and their treatment.  If you have suffered on of these injuries and need help getting compensation for your medical bills, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to get help now.

Back and Neck Injuries Are Common in Car Accidents

Car accident victims most commonly sustain injury are the back, neck, head / brain, arms, and legs. This page focuses on some of the most frequently recurring back and neck injuries we see when working with car accident victims throughout Kansas City.


Whiplash occurs when the neck is jarred in a car crash. The term whiplash is a term used to describe any injury to the soft tissues of the neck caused by that jarring.  It is the single most common car wreck- related injury; nearly 80 percent of car accident victims are diagnosed with whiplash.

Symptoms of whiplash 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
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pain in either or both arms
  • Weakness, numbness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs
  • Pain shooting from your neck into either shoulder or arm

Treatment includes heat or cold therapy, pain relievers, rest, chiropractic care, and physical therapy.  Many victims recover within 6 weeks, but others have symptoms for years.

Herniated Disc

The sudden jolt of a car crash can cause the spinal discs to move out of their proper alignment.  When this happens, the victim may feel numbness and/or pain. Other symptoms include electric shock pain, tingling, muscle weakness and, in some cases, incontinence. Herniated discs may cause painful pinched nerves. Treatment may include medications, rest, physical therapy and surgery.

Pinched Nerves

The trauma of an accident may compress nerves causing weakness, tingling and numbness, and/or radiating pain in the arms, legs, hand or feet. Most patients are successfully treated with medication and physical therapy. Sometimes surgery is required.

Spinal Cord Trauma

Any trauma to the bundle of nerves comprising the spinal cord is very serious. Symptoms of spinal cord injury can include pain, numbness, sensory changes, loss of bowel and bladder control, spasticity, breathing difficulties and paralysis. The damage is often permanent and leaves the victim unable to work or enjoy life as he did before the accident. Victims of spinal cord injury may require surgery. Often extensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and rehabilitation are needed.

Have You Been Injured In A Kansas City Area Car Accident?

If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.