What You Need to Know About Cervical Spine Strains

Car accidents occur daily in Tarrant County and Collin County Metroplex and produce a wide range of injuries to both drivers and passengers. The most common body parts injured in a car accident are the neck and back. Whiplash is the most common injury and occurs when a person in a car is rear-ended and their head is suddenly whipped forward, backward, or sideways. The average head weighs as much as a bowling ball, twelve to sixteen pounds, and when it thrusts backwards, it exerts considerable force on the neck. Usually whiplash is a strain of the muscles or sprain of the ligaments that support the spine and the head. It can also be referred to as a cervical strain. The neck is prone to a whiplash type of injury because of the demands placed on the cervical spine.

WhiplashThe cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. Seven vertebrae make up the cervical spine with eight pairs of cervical nerves. A complex system of ligaments, tendons, and muscles help to support and stabilize the cervical spine. Ligaments work to prevent excessive movement that could result in serious injury. Muscles also help to provide spinal balance and stability, and enable movement.
Pain is the most common complaint reported in cervical spine injuries. Significant pain levels are more frequent in motor vehicle accidents. Other common symptoms include stiffness in the neck, muscle spasms, headaches, and weakness, numbness, or abnormal sensations in the hands or arms.
Stages of whiplash
The force of impact in a car accident can cause soft tissues, such as the ligaments, tendons, and muscles to stretch considerably, resulting in significant damage. The neck hyper extends and delicate tendons and muscles can be damaged at speeds as low as 15 mph. When there are no broken bones and the head doesn't hit the windshield, 62% to 98% of passengers complain of neck pain. This typically starts two hours after the accident and up to two days later.
If a car accident victim cannot seek immediate medical attention, it is important to rest the neck and ice it in order to reduce inflammation. Heat feels good because it causes sedation but heat enlarges the blood vessels, causing more inflammation/swelling to that area.

Cervical strains and other cervical injuries can be life debilitating. You can be compensated for your medical treatments if your cervical strains and injuries are the result of another person's negligence. you have the right to be compensated for your medical treatment and pain and suffering. The Tarrant County personal injury lawyers at the Anderson Law Firm provide FREE initial consultations, so call now for your case consultation.

Topics of Interest:
What To Do Directly After a Car Accident
Time Limits on Making a Claim
Why You Must Report All Your Injuries to Your Doctor

Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas