Car Accident Specialist
Anyone who is in a car accident should have an evaluation done by a spinal surgeon. Fortunately, most people suffer only minor injuries when they’re in a car accident, but there are those who suffer more serious injuries in moderate or high-velocity collisions that often require medical attention. Did you know that car accidents are responsible for about half of all spinal injuries? Not only can the spinal cord be damaged in an accident, spinal bones can become displaced or fractured, which can partially compress the spinal cord. Spinal cord contusions can also injure blood vessels around the spine and can result in permanent disability or paralysis.
That said, the professionals at Central NJ Spine urge anyone who was in a car accident to visit our office for an evaluation, even if you haven’t noticed any immediate symptoms. Even minor accidents can affect the spine, and sometimes symptoms of a spinal condition mightnot show up for hours or days after the car accident. For example, a concussion or whiplash could take 24 to 48 hours before symptoms will occur.
Whiplash, in particular, is a common injury in car accidents and is caused by the rapid bending of the neck that often happens in rear-end or front-end collisions. Unfortunately, some individuals with whiplash may suffer neck pain and other symptoms for up to a year after the accident. Symptoms include:
• Muscle tightness
• Muscle spasms
• Difficulty moving your neck or head
Why You Need a ‘Car Accident Surgeon’
When it comes to your spine, you want to be sure that nothing serious is wrong after a car accident. Even if the car accident is minor, your spine could have been damaged in some way. To prevent larger problems from popping up later down the road, it’s important to visit Central NJ Spine for a thorough evaluation so we can formulate a personalized, appropriate treatment plan if necessary. If nothing else, a visit to our office will provide peace of mind.
What are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. Call our office at 201-371-6004.