Neck injuries: The symptoms, tests and treatments

Neck injuries are some of the most difficult to live with. Any part of the neck can be injured from the muscles and joints to the nerves and ligaments. When you're in a car crash, you may easily injure your neck as your head is thrown forward or sideways. You may feel pain in your jaw or head even though your neck is what is injured.

There are several kinds of neck injuries you could suffer including muscle strain or tension, herniation of the discs in the neck, whiplash or nerve damage. It's important that you get the medical help you need after a crash so that you can recover from these injuries.

What are some of the symptoms of neck injuries?

Some of the symptoms you may have could include stiffness, pain and tingling, or numb sensations. Depending on the severity of the injury to the neck, you may have signs of paralysis. This is most likely if the spinal cord has been affected by your injury.

What tests will doctors perform?

At the hospital, the doctor is likely to order an X-ray or other imaging tests. A physical examination will also help determine your range of motion and pain levels.

What kinds of treatments are there for neck injuries?

Depending on the type of injury you have, you may need to go to physical therapy or take painkillers. It's possible that surgery will be an option or a necessity. Sometimes, treatment is as simple as applying ice or wearing a cervical collar.

No matter how bad you think your injury is, it's important to seek medical care right away. Treating a neck injury early can help prevent long-term complications and even help reduce the extent of paralysis or nerve damage. Talking about a lawsuit can wait until after you are medically stable.

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