Whiplash and Neck Injuries

Car accidents are perhaps the most significant cause of neck injuries. When a car is hit, the people inside the car feel the impact and even with head rests, seat belts, and airbags, they can be thrown about in the compartment and injured, The head and neck seem to be the most vulnerable to this type of injury. “Whiplash” is a term that many doctors use to describe the movement of the head and neck at the moment of impact. It is this sudden, violent, often unexpected type of movement that causes injury to the neck.

There are many types of injuries that happen in this moment of impact. The muscles that support the neck can be sprained or torn. The ligaments that connect and support the vertebra of the neck can be stretched and torn. Sometimes the discs that provide a cushion or “shock absorber” between the vertebra are damaged. They bulge or herniate. Pinched nerves are often the result. Facet joints may be injured, which can cause pain and headaches. Sometimes, there are broken bones or other conditions that require surgery.

Neck injuries are treated in a variety of ways. Many people find physical therapy, chiropractic care, or therapeutic massage to be sufficient to alleviate their neck pain. Often, however, neck injuries require MRI scans and other diagnostic tests, and treatment by a neurologist, or a pain management specialist, or spine surgeon. Injections, steroids, medication, or surgery may be the only treatment that will ease the pain.

The lawyers and staff at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm are well versed in the physiology of neck injuries and can help guide you through the various types of treatments recommended by your doctors. We can help interpret your medical records and doctor’s opinions so you understand the nature of the injury, and what to expect next. We will work to make sure your bills are paid, and your insurance benefits are secured, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

Contact us today if you have experienced this type of injury because of an accident.