Neck and Back Injuries Related to Motor Vehicle Accidents

By: David Cheverie

Neck and back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered in any type of auto accident. Neck and back injuries often cause severe long-term problems, including chronic pain and permanent disability. If you’ve suffered any of these injuries, it is important to seek immediate medical attention in order to determine the cause and extent of the injury.

Common neck and back injuries include:

  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal cord impingement
  • Sciatica
  • Disc bulges and herniations

The most common neck injury is “whiplash”, which is caused by a sudden forced movement of the head or neck either forward, backwards, or sideway. This occurs after a sudden impact such as a collision between two vehicles. The recovery time for a whiplash-induced injury can be six months or more.

Symptoms of Neck and Back Injuries

A person with a neck or back injury may experience persistent pain, tenderness, stiffness, or a combination of all three. Neck pain can radiate to the shoulders, extremities, and upper back, which may cause continuous headaches, as well as weakness in the arms or legs. In many cases, the injured person experiences numbness and paralysis.

Treatment for Neck and Back Injuries

Any neck or back injury requires immediate treatment.

Treatment for neck or back injuries depends on the severity of the injury. X-rays might be needed to determine if you suffered a fractured vertebrae. For certain neck and back injuries, medical injections and/or physical therapy may be an option to help alleviate symptoms. Treatment providers will often monitor the patient for any loss of movement or development of numbness. Spinal surgery may be recommended if conservative treatment fails to work.

If you or someone you love has suffered a neck or back injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact the experienced New York City motor vehicle accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057 or via email at info@hachroselaw.com.

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