Types of Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can be debilitating, cause significant pain, and even result in chronic issues if they aren’t properly treated. Neck injuries can be caused by accidents, medical conditions, or even due to aging. There are many different types of neck injuries, and it’s important to know the type of injury you are dealing with in regards to seeking the proper management and treatment of the injury. The following will help you understand more about the most common types of neck injuries.

 Herniated Discs

Your body’s spine is made up of two primary components: the bones as well as discs, which are located between each vertebrae bone. Your spinal discs contain a fluid substance which allows the discs to act as shock absorbers. Sometimes, the outer layer or covering of your cervical discs can rupture; this causes the gel-like fluid inside to slip out of place. When this happens, it is called a herniated disc. A herniated cervical disc refers to a herniated disc that is located in the upper section of your spine.

Herniated discs can be caused by aging, as well as sports accidents, slips and falls, as well as car accidents. There are many problems caused by herniated discs, including neck pain, numbness in the shoulders or arms, and back pain.

Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common types of neck injuries in the world. The most common cause behind whiplash is a car accident, particularly when someone has been inside a motor vehicle that has been struck from behind by another car. During this type of car accident, the car in the front “whips” forward at an accelerated speed before stopping suddenly; this causes the body, particularly the head at the top of the spine, to undergo a motion similar to the cracking of the tip of a whip. This motion damages the soft tissues in the neck, resulting in the injury known as whiplash. Whiplash can also occur in any situation that causes this whip-like motion, such as carnival rides.

Whiplash can cause a variety of problems, including: stiffness, dizziness, headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, injuries to the muscles, and difficulty concentrating.

Neck Arthritis (Cervical Spondylosis)

Neck arthritis, also known as cervical spondylosis, refers to arthritis in the neck. This can occur when the joints and discs located in the neck degrade over time; the condition can be exacerbated by injuries to the neck or spine as well as repetitive motions causing wear and tear on discs and vertebrae.

Pinched Nerves

The nerves in your neck can be very sensitive to damage. Any incident which causes your head to be suddenly pushed to the side can cause damage to your neck nerves, which can cause shooting pain, tingling, as well as long-lasting damage if the nerve is severely damaged and not treated. Pinch nerves can happen due to car accidents, slip and falls, contact sports, and more.

If you have suffered a neck injury, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney like Jaime Alvarado & Associates. Call 915.852.0500 for more information.