Automobile accidents injure over 2 million people every year in the United States. These accidents can cause severe back and neck injuries — even at low speeds. If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Back and neck injuries can become chronic if not treated quickly.
Whiplash After an Accident
Many people involved in car accidents experience what is known as “whiplash”. Whiplash is typically an injury to the neck that occurs as a result of the body, or neck, being whipped forward and then back. This whip-like motion occurs when a vehicle suddenly collides with another vehicle or stationary object. When this happens, the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained. This can cause a myriad of painful and debilitating symptoms requiring months of treatment and even surgery.
The Pain of Herniated or Bulging Discs
During an automobile accident, the back and spine can be violently shifted out of place. At first, victims may feel fine and may assume that they are uninjured. But over time, this misalignment can create swelling and pressure around the discs of the vertebrae. These herniated or bulging discs will cause extreme pain as they compress the nerves inside the spinal cord. When this occurs, victims may experience pain, numbness in their extremities, and even difficulty walking. If not treated quickly, herniated discs can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and can significantly impact a person's activities.