Neck Injury And Shoulder Pain After A Crash
Neck and shoulder pain can appear right way or several hours or even days after a car accident. This type of pain may be a sign of whiplash or a more serious neck or back injury. Some people assume that because they feel okay immediately after an accident, they are not hurt. But since inflammation tends to cause much of the pain associated with back and neck injuries, it may take time before signs of these injuries appear.
If you have suffered a neck or shoulder injury in a car accident, contact Levy Law Offices today for a free consultation. We represent accident victims in Cincinnati, Ohio, and throughout the Tri-State Area. Se habla español.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is one of the most common causes of neck and shoulder pain after a car accident. The pain is due to damage to the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Whiplash, in the simplest terms, occurs when the head whips back and forth, extending the neck beyond its normal range of motion.
While whiplash can occur in any car accident, it is most common in rear-end crashes. This type of crash forces the body forward and forces the neck to attempt to stabilize the head. This hyperextends the muscles and ligaments, causing pain.
Whiplash injuries often clear up with physical therapy. For some people, however, they become a chronic condition.
What Additional Signs Do I Need To Watch For?
Whiplash causes pain, stiffness and a limited range of motion. Some people struggle to continue their normal activities because these symptoms are so severe. Headaches are also common.
These symptoms may also signal other, more serious injuries. A loss of strength or sensation in one or both arms may indicate nerve damage. Pain that extends down the back or weakness in other extremities may point to a spinal injury. This is why it is paramount to take any neck and shoulder pain seriously.
When Should I See A Doctor?
We encourage all Cincinnati car accident victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a crash. Even if you have no symptoms or experience only minor neck and shoulder pain, visiting the doctor creates a record of your treatment to ensure that you can prove your injuries later if you file a claim for compensation.
To rule out more serious causes of neck and shoulder pain, your doctor may order X-rays or other imaging scans. These tests may show a herniated disk or other damage to the cervical spine. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury, is often diagnosed by ruling out these more serious causes of symptoms.
If you do have whiplash, your doctor will likely suggest physical therapy. You may also receive prescription pain medication and muscle relaxers.
How Can Levy Law Offices Help Me Get The Compensation I Need?
If another driver caused your car accident injuries, the experienced attorneys at Levy Law Offices can help you file a claim for the compensation you need to cover your medical treatment, lost wages and other losses. We fight for the rights of car accident victims and help them recover maximum damages for their losses. Call us today at 513-655-5089 or send us an email to schedule a time to meet with one of our Cincinnati car accident lawyers.