Neck injuries are one of the most common and serious types of injuries resulting from Chicago car accidents.
There are various types of neck injuries that can result from a car accident, and some of them may require long term treatment. Serious neck injuries may have life altering consequences, and the victim may be disabled for the rest of their life. In this post, we will discuss neck injuries that commonly result from car crashes.
Types of Neck Injuries
Neck sprain and strain
A neck sprain is a result of tearing and stretching of ligaments, the bands of fibrous tissue in the neck that connect one bone to another. A neck strain is the stretching or tearing of a tendon or muscle, the fibrous cord of tissue connecting bones to muscles.
Spinal cord injury to neck
This type of injury occurs when the person’s cervical spinal cord gets injured. An injury to the spinal cord that severs or damages the bundle of nerves in the spinal cord can delay or even stop the delivery of messages that the brain sends to the body.
It is also referred to as soft tissue neck injury, and most often occurs during a rear end collision that causes the person’s head to suddenly move backward and forward. These extreme motions can push the neck ligaments and muscles beyond the normal range of motion and cause a neck injury.
Bulging Cervical Disc Injury
A car accident can cause the spinal disc in the neck to extend or bulge outside its normal position between the vertebrae. When the bulging cervical disc puts pressure on the spinal cord, it can cause an injury.
Herniated Cervical Disc Injury
When the car accident causes the spinal disc in the neck to push out of its normal position within the vertebrae into the spinal canal, the herniated cervical disc can put pressure on or compress the spinal cord leading to an injury. Herniated cervical discs are also referred to as protruding discs, slipped discs, or ruptured discs.
Symptoms of a Neck Injury
While most neck injuries are different, and may have different symptoms, there are some symptoms that are common. Some of them are:
- Neck pain
- Restricted movement
- Problems with balance/equilibrium
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Inability to sleep
- Numbness in extremities
- Excessive sweating
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
Diagnosis of Neck Injuries
Diagnostic imaging techniques are used to detect neck injuries. Some of the techniques include:
- EMG (Electromyography)
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- CT Scans (Computerized Tomography)
- SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography)
Treatment for neck injuries
Minor neck injuries may be treated with pain medication, rest, and physical therapy. However, more serious neck injuries may require surgical treatment. Some common surgical treatments used to treat neck injuries include fusion, diskectomy, laminectomy, vertebroplasty, and implanting artificial discs.
Chicago Car Accident Lawyers
Neck injuries may require prolonged treatment, and the victim would be forced to pay huge medical bills and may require long term rehabilitation and care. If the accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer. Get in touch with our top-rated personal injury attorneys today by calling (312) 957-4166 and scheduling a free consultation.