Accidents are one of the more common causes of neck injuries. Whether it is whiplash from a car accident, a spinal cord injury from a slip and fall, or any other neck injury, you can suffer serious pain and have other negative impacts on your quality of life. The pain of a neck injury could impact your ability to perform everyday tasks and could even impact your employment. If you suffered a neck injury through someone else’s negligence, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation from those at fault.
Diagnosis and Treatments for Neck Injuries
The pain of a neck injury can linger for a long time if it is not treated properly, so it is best to seek medical attention if you have been in an accident and are now suffering neck pain. Signs you should see a doctor include:
Over-the-counter medications do not help to ease the pain
The pain does not go away when you are at rest
Neck pain along with tingling or numbness in your arms, shoulders, or legs.
Loss of coordination or weakness in your legs
Accompanied by headache, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting.
Loss of control over your bladder or bowels
You are feeling chills, fever, or unexplained weight loss.
Your doctor will conduct an exam to diagnose the cause of the pain, and may use X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) tests to see if there is any underlying damage to the tissue or bones in your neck. A neck injury caused by an accident could cause damage to your muscles, discs, ligaments, vertebral joints, and nerve roots.
Common treatments for neck injuries can include physical therapy, muscle relaxants which can help the healing process, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or steroid injections, which can help treat pain and inflammation. Some neck injuries require transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or even traction to reduce pain. More serious neck injuries may require surgery to repair damage to spinal disks or to fuse vertebrae in the spine.
Contact a Wheaton Neck Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a neck injury through a vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or other accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages due to time missed at work. At Law Offices of David W. Clark, P.C., our DuPage County personal injury attorneys can help you recover this compensation so that you may begin to move forward with your life. Contact us by calling 630-665-5678 for a free consultation today.