The impact of two cars against each other exerts thousands of pounds of force and a lot of that force is transmitted to the neck and spine of the persons involved. The gravity of the injury will depend on how bad the impact was, and speed will always play a vital role. Where the person was seating as well as how many passengers were there during the accident are also very important factors. Seat belts too, determine the degree of injury and our accident injury treatment team is well aware of the soft tissue damage that belts can sometimes cause.
More often that not, there is injury to the cervical spine due to the weight of the head moving rapidly forward and back (what we refer to as whiplash). In the event that the head hits something inside the car, further injuries could occur such as Post-Concussion syndrome. Symptoms may occur right away. In some cases, however, symptoms may not fully show until about 24-48 hours after the accident. Emergency room treatment on its own might not fully reveal the injuries caused.
When we use the term whiplash in pointing out the injuries caused by an accident, it often generates grave feelings of fear that include psychological consequences. Injuries of this type can easily be treated. That’s why it is so important the accident victim seeks experienced specialists when such injury is present or suspected.
Pain is the major symptom in this type of injury. And, sometimes muscles react even when not directly involved. The result is hypertension and muscle pain which sets up a vicious cycle with the nerves of the spinal cord, this increases muscle tension, which increases pain and further tension. Skeletal and muscular injuries heal quicker if treatment is started early.