“I just got into a car accident and my neck hurts. What could be wrong?”
Neck injuries are very common in car accidents, and it’s not always readily apparent that you’ve suffered from one. That’s because there are some type of neck injuries that don’t always cause pain for a few days or even weeks once the muscles relax in the neck.
Let’s talk about a few of the different types of neck injuries you can suffer from after a car accident.
Whiplash: Whiplash is one of the most common types of neck injuries that car accident victims experience. It occurs when another vehicle hits your vehicle, which causes your head to be thrown forward and then back. When the muscles in your neck are pulled or torn, it causes a lot of pain, and this is known as whiplash. You might need to wear a neck brace for a few weeks and take pain killers until the injury heals.
Neck Sprain: In addition to muscles in your neck, it also has ligaments. Just like muscles, ligaments can tear or get stretched to the point of pain, and this results in a neck sprain. Spraining your neck is very painful, and in some cases, it might even require surgery if the sprain is really severe.
Herniated Disk: Your spine goes up into the base of your skull, and there are disks between each of the vertebrae. A herniated disk occurs when the spongy material that is inside the disk breaks through the protective barrier. That material presses against your nerves and causes pain that often radiates through your shoulder and into your arm.
Any type of neck injury is painful, and it can cause you some serious physical difficulties for years to come. If you’ve been in a car accident and you believe you have a neck injury, you should be compensated. Contact us to find a New York car accident lawyer that can help you.