Neck injuries are often more serious than they seem at first; in fact, it’s fairly common for neck injuries to start causing pain a few days or even a few weeks after a traumatic car accident. We’ve all heard of whiplash, but what do you really know about it? You might be surprised to learn that there are several neck injuries that often show up after car crashes—it’s not just whiplash—and that they can be extremely serious and incredibly painful.
Many car accidents—even minor ones—can result in whiplash. While your spine is usually pretty tough, it’s easy to injure it when you’re rear-ended, have a head-on collision, or are in any other type of an accident. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
There are several other long-term effects of whiplash, as well, so if you suspect that you have this type of injury, please go see a medical professional right away.
Remember that your head is like a heavy weight at the top of your thin, flexible spine. Your head, with its approximately 3.5-pound brain, can weigh anywhere between 7 and 11 pounds (those weights are at both ends of the average spectrum). Combine that weight with the force of a sudden stop, which is common in most car accidents, and you have a perfect recipe for all kinds of neck injuries, including:
If you’ve sustained a neck injury as a result of a car accident, don’t wait to get treatment. Studies have shown that the sooner you receive treatment and begin rehabilitative exercises, the more likely you are to make a full recovery. Your personal injury lawyer will probably encourage you to keep copies of all your medical records as well, so that you can use them if you need to file a lawsuit so you can be compensated for your medical costs.