Category: Back Pain, Neck Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: March 4, 2014
Any car accident (whether it’s a minor fender bender, or a major highway collision) can result in injuries to the back, neck, and spine. In this blog post we will examine a few of the most common types of back and neck injuries that can result from a car accident.
Perhaps the most common car accident injury is whiplash. Even a minor vehicle collision can jar your neck in an unnatural movement and result in a whiplash injury.
Symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Decreased range of motion in the neck
- A feeling of pins and needles in your arms or legs
Treatment for whiplash usually begins with conservative options like rehabilitation exercises, bracing, and over the counter pain medications. However, whiplash injuries have a tendency to stick around and flare back up over time. To prevent ongoing pain from a previous whiplash injury, minimally invasive surgery to the cervical spine may be the best option for long-term pain relief.
More severe car accidents can lead to more severe injuries such as acute trauma to the back or neck. Depending on the severity of the accident and injuries sustained, surgery may be immediately necessary (in extreme cases).
If you are experiencing ongoing pain from a previous car accident injury, talk to a qualified spine surgeon today to discuss the best options to get you back to a pain free life. Depending on your specific situation, your best treatment path may include non-surgical approaches, or surgery. Each case is different and should be discussed one-on-one with your physician to craft a recovery plan that works best for you.