If you have suffered a neck injury, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine the severity of your neck pain and injuries. Even if it doesn’t feel that way, you need to know if your neck injury is serious because it can result in long-term pain, paralysis, and even death.
Seeking medical care is particularly important after a traumatic accident, such as a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, as symptoms may not present themselves right away.
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Common Symptoms That May Indicate a Neck Injury
The neck serves as the beginning of the spinal column and contains about two dozen different vertebrae, as well as muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. Injury to this area can cause a wide range of health issues, including back and neck pain, headaches, and even paralysis.
Common symptoms of a neck injury include:
- Localized pain or stiffness in your neck
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness
- Back and shoulder pain
Symptoms of a severe neck injury may include:
- Inability to move or paralysis
- Decreased ability to move your head
- Loss of balance/vertigo
- Loss of bowel control
- Pain in the arm, shoulder, or chest area
- Muscle weakness
The neck is an incredibly delicate area, and symptoms may not present right away. You may not immediately know if your neck injury is serious. If you suffered a traumatic injury or car accident, seek medical care, and watch for symptoms such as pains and swelling for several days.
What To Do After You Suffer a Neck Injury (or a Suspected Neck Injury)
If you believe you or another person sustained a severe neck injury after an accident, try not to move if possible. Use rolled towels or pillows to keep the neck and back as stable as possible. In severe cases, moving a patient with a severe neck injury can result in paralysis or even death.
Call emergency personnel because you may not know if your neck injury is serious. They can evaluate the injury and stabilize the neck if required to prevent additional injury.
Mayo Clinic recommends seeking medical care right away if an injury has caused your neck pain symptoms. Pain that persists for several days, spreads down the arms and legs, pain accompanied by headache, numbness, tingling, or weakness may all be signs of a serious neck injury.
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Did you sustain a neck injury after a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, or work-related injury? There is a chance you are eligible to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you suffered.
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