There are many auto accidents in which those involved immediately know that they are injured. For example, if you have bumps, scrapes, cuts, bruises, broken bones, or similar types of injuries, you know right away that you need to seek medical help. There are other instances, however, when you may not feel your injuries until later on. This is especially common with neck and back pain.
Whenever a car crash takes place, there is a certain amount of force that is applied to each vehicle involved. The amount of force varies depending on the speed the vehicles are traveling at impact, the positions of the vehicles when they collide, and other factors. This force throws vehicle occupants back and forth in a fast, jerking motion. Oftentimes, this motion affects the neck and back.
Many who are involved in car accidents wonder why they don’t always feel any neck and lower back pain right away after an accident. This is largely due to the state you are in after the crash occurs. When you get into a car crash, suddenly, your heart starts racing and your mind is going in a million different directions. This creates an adrenaline rush that is not unlike what is experienced by athletes in the middle of a game.
You have probably heard stories of athletes who suffer serious injuries, even broken bones, in the middle of a game and they continue playing. How are they able to keep playing in the game, when later on, they can hardly even walk in many cases? The combination of adrenaline (our body’s “fight or flight” response to a dangerous situation) and endorphins (a “feel good” chemical that gives the athlete a mental sense of well-being about the situation) help mask the pain, allowing them to finish out the game.
For car accident victims, the experience is obviously different from an athlete’s because there is no pleasure linked to it, but they can still experience a similar adrenaline rush. Because of this, it may be several hours or longer before they start to notice neck and back pain, and pain in other areas of the body.
What is Causing my Neck & Back Pain after an Auto Accident?
If you are experiencing neck and back pain after a car accident, it is often the sign of a whiplash injury. Whiplash occurs from the rapid, jerky motion discussed earlier, and the severity of the injury depends on factors such as the speed of the vehicles at impact, how well you were able to “brace” yourself for the injury (e.g., did you see the crash coming or did it take you by surprise?), and many others.
Aside from general and ongoing pain that affects the neck and back, some of the most common symptoms that may point to whiplash or a related injury to these areas include:
- Dizziness and blurred vision;
- Severe headaches;
- Limited range of motion in the affected areas;
- Tingling or numbness in the affected areas;
- Problems lifting up objects that you were previously able to lift;
- Anxiety and trouble sleeping at night;
- Problems with memory, focus, and concentration.
Neck and Shoulder Pain
In addition to whiplash, pain in the shoulders and neck may also be signs of a sprain, herniated disc or spinal injury. If you experienced this type of pain, it is important to get medical treatment as soon as possible, so they can give you a correct diagnosis and put you on the proper treatment regimen.
Back pain, particularly in the lower back, is also a strong indication of whiplash. However, this could point to other conditions as well; such as a sprain, herniated disc, spinal injury, or soft tissue injury. Again, a proper diagnosis is important so you can effectively treat your injuries and get on the road to recovery.
Experiencing Neck or Back Pain after a Car Crash? Speak with a Seasoned Mississippi Auto Accident Lawyer
If you were someone close to you has suffered a neck or back injury from a motor vehicle accident, seek immediate medical help, then contact a skilled personal injury attorney. If the accident was caused by another party, you deserve to be fully compensated. An attorney can thoroughly review your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.
For a free consultation with the experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC, call us today at 228-374-5151 or toll free 1-855-558-2977. you may also send us a message through our online contact form.