There are many ways our necks can become injured. Most people will experience neck pain at one point in their life. Our channels can become injured due to normal wear and tear, strenuous activity around the house, sports, and accidents. In this article, we will cover neck-related injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, car crashes, slip and falls, and other incidents that can damage the neck. Pain in the neck can feel like a “kink” associated with stiffness, difficulties turning the head, or even constant severe pain regardless of the head’s position. The pain can also be transferred to the upper shoulder area, chest, upper back, and even the arms. It is not uncommon for people dealing with neck pain to experience headaches or migraines as part of their side-effects.
Whiplash in car accidents
One of the most common types of injuries in low-speed collisions is muscle injury to the neck and shoulder area. It is a natural response when you see an accident coming to tense up and become stiff as you brace for impact. When we stiffen our muscles, they have less give; this can result in soft tissue damage even if something does not hit or strike a person when they are in a car crash. Whiplash occurs when the head is jolted from one direction to another; when a car comes to an abrupt stop. This quick and forceful movement can damage the spine, nerves, connective tissue, and muscles.
Side-effects of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain
- Difficulty moving the neck
- Fatigue and dizziness
- Headaches that typically begin at the base of the skull
When should I see a doctor?
It is generally a good idea to see a doctor after an auto accident, slip and fall, or when you have hit your head or had an object strike your head. The most important thing is to ensure that you and anyone involved in the accident have been properly treated for any medical concern. If you did not visit an emergency or an Instacare facility, you should visit a hospital immediately about pain or discomfort. Injuries stand the best chance of healing correctly when they have been treated by a medical professional. If you or a loved one has had neck, shoulder, or back pain after an accident, considers calling The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez today.
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