Car accidents not only shake up your day, but they can also shake up your body and cause injuries you may have never heard of or experienced.
According to Mayo Clinic, motor vehicle accidents are one the most prevalent causes of spinal cord injuries. So, if you or a loved one has fallen victim to a crash, it’s important to understand the possible spinal cord injuries that can result from a traumatic event.
Here are different types of spinal cord injuries to be aware of:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is set on by a rapid back and forth movement of the neck. This can often result in neck and back pain that usually don’t require surgery. Rather home remedies like hot and cold packs and pain relievers can provide relief.
- Herniated discs: The impact of a crash can cause a spinal disc to bulge and rub against the spinal cord. A herniated or ruptured disc can lead to pain and a tingling sensation. It can also cause neurological problems. As such, a medical professional might recommend surgery.
- Spondylolisthesis or retrolisthesis: These are both vertebrae injuries. Spondylolisthesis involves vertebral body sliding in front of vertebrae below it, while retrolisthesis involves the vertebral body sliding behind the vertebrae below it. The degree of this displacement can lead to neurological dysfunction or an unstable spine, but surgery may help correct it.
- Spinal or pelvic fracture: A fracture or crack in spinal bones or at the base of your spine (pelvis) can happen in a car accident. In serious cases, surgery take place as soon as possible so one doesn’t suffer irreversible nerve damage.
- Facet joint injuries: Facet joints along your spine help you bend at the neck and back. The trauma of an accident may injure these joints and cause back pain and stiffness.
In car wrecks large and small, you should receive medical attention as soon as possible. And it’s best to get a professional opinion rather than self-diagnose because even minor pain can be a side effect of a larger problem.
From there, you will figure out if you just need plain old rest, injections, surgery, physical therapy or other treatments. No matter what diagnosis you receive or how many visits to the doctor your injuries require, a personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation and receive justice for the damage caused by a car accident.