Painful neck injuries often occur as a result of car accidents. Such injuries can cover a wide range, including:
- Whiplash – Very common type of neck injury often caused by rear-end accidents.
- Neck strain or sprain – Painful injury due to the neck muscles, tendons or soft tissues (fibers connecting the neck bones to the neck muscles) being strained or sprained.
- Facet joint injury – Painful injury caused by damage to the cartilage in the facet joint, the location where two bones meet in the spinal column. The facet joint allows a person to move their neck and back forward and backward. When a facet joint is damaged, the injured person often has trouble moving their neck or back and often experiences severe neck pain.
- Neck fracture – Medical term for a broken neck bone.
- Pinched nerve – If the nerves in the neck or spine are pinched between two bones or another part of the body due to a car accident, pain often occurs at the location of the pinched nerve.
- Cervical Spondylolisthesis – Medical term for a neck injury in which one of the spinal bones (vertebrae) slides forward over a bone in the cervical spine, often resulting in severe pain.
Such neck injuries are especially common in rear-end collisions. Whatever type of neck injury or neck pain you are feeling, make sure you take your symptoms seriously right from the start. Make sure you see a doctor right away after your car accident.
Is my neck pain whiplash?
Yes, your neck pain could be caused by whiplash, one of the most common and most misunderstood neck injuries. Like other neck injuries, the best way to know for sure is to have a doctor examine you and run the necessary medical tests to diagnose what’s wrong.
What’s frustrating about whiplash is if that’s the cause of your neck pain, don’t be surprised if you have a hard time getting the financial support you need and deserve for your whiplash injury. This is because insurance companies – especially the at-fault driver’s insurance company – often deny whiplash injury claims. You can learn more about this on our whiplash injury page on this website.