Your neck is made up of many different structures, including nerves, muscles, joints, tendons, and bones. When these structures are damaged as a result of a traumatic injury, pain and immobility may follow. While some neck injuries only entail minor effects, others can have lasting consequences.
Car accidents are a leading cause of neck injuries. Whiplash occurs when the head is snapped forward and back with great force, which can damage internal structures. Falls are another possible cause, and these incidents also involve traumatic head injuries in many cases. Violent attacks, such as receiving a blow to the head, are also capable of causing neck damage.
Health effects typically depend on the type of neck injury you sustain. Sprains and strains of neck muscles causes stiffness and neck pain. Pain may also be felt in the shoulders or within one or both arms, which may result in decreased mobility depending on its severity.
Ruptured or herniated discs are another possible effect of a neck injury. Discs sit between the vertebrae in the spine to act as cushions. When discs rupture there’s a risk of nerve involvement, which can cause intense pain and discomfort. Ruptured discs may also press against the spinal cord itself, which may cause weakness in the extremities, as well as problems with bowel and bladder control.
Spinal fractures are among the most serious acute neck injuries. Damage to the cervical spine, which is situated in the neck, can cause extensive paralysis depending on the nature and severity of the injury. And even if paralysis does not occur, you may experience issues with pain and mobility for many months or years after the injury has occurred.
Consult with a doctor to ensure you’re receiving suitable medical care. A doctor can also provide information on your injuries, which will prove valuable to your personal injury claim. Additionally, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney. When injuries occur at the hands of careless or negligent individuals, you naturally want to seek justice.