When most people think of injuries from car accidents, they think of severe damage that is immediately apparent as soon as the injuries have occurred. However, many injuries resulting from car accidents can manifest themselves several days or even weeks after the actual car wreck.
Automobile collisions often result in damage to the neck and back. However, these injuries can go unnoticed for several days or weeks after the accident. In some cases, you may notice your injury, but not appreciate its severity.
Causes of Back and Neck Pain
In car accidents, neck or back injuries are often the result of sudden or strong movements that put pressure on the spinal column. Pain is often experienced in:
- The Discs. Disc pain is the most common type of pain experienced by victims of car accidents. The pain occurs when there is damage to the cartilage discs that separate the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers in the spine.Car accident victims often experience this type of pain for only a few days. It may even disappear and recur over time making you think that your injury is not serious. The pain ranges from moderate to severe pain. It often manifests as low back pain that occurs in spasms. Pain may increase when standing, bending or sitting. Lying down or walking may provide relief.
- Facet Joints.Back pain can also be caused by damage to facet joints. These are the joints between the individual vertebrae in the spine. They offer support to the body’s weight. They facilitate movement to allow you to bend backward or forward. They also allow for some twisting movements.
These injuries can be identified easily through CT scans or X-rays of the injured areas. Pain often takes the form of a dull ache or muscle spasms. Muscle spasms are especially dangerous as they can force the spine out of its proper alignment resulting in even more serious injury.
Your Legal Right
It is important to ensure that you get a full medical examination following an accident. Don’t ignore neck or back especially after being involved in a car accident. State of the art equipment has made it possible to identify injuries while still in their developmental stages. Early diagnosis can help to improve your chances of recovery.
It is also important to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate your claim and determine if you should pursue a lawsuit. Here at Sheridan & Rund, we can help you recover compensation for your injuries from the other driver or his insurance company. While your doctor will help you deal with the injuries, we will help you obtain the compensation you deserve.