Motor Vehicle Accident Injury


 

Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

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Motor vehicle accidents can cause a number of serious spinal and nerve-related injuries that may not show up right away. The neurological specialists at Spinetech, located in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, and Houston, Texas, have extensive experience treating car accident-related injuries, including whiplash and spinal cord injury. For a consultation, call or book an appointment online today.

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What is a motor vehicle accident?

A motor vehicle accident, car crash, or auto accident all refer to an event that occurs when a motor vehicle collides with a stationary object, a person or animal, or another vehicle.

Significant spinal and head injury can occur when the impact causes your body to go from a forward motion to a violent, abrupt stop. Other causes of injury may be impact and penetration with objects in and around the vehicle.

What are common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents?

Common injuries that occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents are lacerations, muscle strains, and broken bones. Other common injuries can impact the spine, brain, and nerves.

These include:

  • Whiplash
  • Fractured neck or back
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Herniated disc
  • Muscle strain in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Blunt head trauma
  • Blood vessel injury of the back, neck, and head

Many chronic back and neck conditions are caused by an initial traumatic injury, including arthritis, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease.

What are common symptoms of injury after an auto accident?

Neck and back pain aren’t uncommon, and may not present until hours or days after the actual event. It’s important that you’re evaluated to rule out significant injury or nerve damage.

Symptoms you may experience after a motor vehicle accident include:

  • Burning or tingling in extremities
  • Pain with mobility or movement
  • Decreased mobility or range of motion
  • Severe headache
  • Unrelieved or worsening neck or back pain
  • Uncontrolled movement of extremities
  • Numbness in extremities

If you have these symptoms, it’s important that you see your neurologist at Spinetech for a thorough evaluation and treatment plan.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the more common injuries associated with a rear-impact accident. It’s caused by the rapid back and forth movement of the neck upon impact, which can overstretch the ligaments, tendons, and nerves of the head and neck.

Symptoms of whiplash usually appear within 24 hours of an accident, and include:

  • Headaches starting at the base of the skull
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Tenderness in shoulder, upper back, and arms
  • Numbness and tingling in arms
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck

For most people, symptoms of whiplash resolve without medical treatment. For some, evaluation and treatment may be needed for long-term relief.

If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, call or book an appointment online with Spinetech for an expert evaluation.

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