Common complaints following a motor vehicle accident can include neck and back stiffness and pain. However, more severe back and neck injuries from a car accident can cause additional symptoms such as numbness in the extremities or a tingling sensation in the hands and feet. These types of injuries can affect the central nervous system. Many people that suffer from these types of complaints are unaware that they can be a sign for more serious injuries that may require additional treatment such as surgery.
The tingling and numbness sensation in the extremities can occur when the back and neck is injured and the vertebral discs are pushed into the nerves in the spinal column. This is typically referred to as a “pinched nerve” or can also be referred to as a “herniated disc”. Medical speaking, it can be referred to as nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy, when there is direct pressure placed on a single nerve, typically from a spinal disc or spinal fluid that has pressed up against the nerves.
If you have been involved in an accident, and feel any of these types of symptoms, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that you speak to an attorney to discuss your legal options because there may be many medical expenses that you may incur as a result of your nerve pains. Some of the possible medical treatment options including drugs or spinal injections to help alleviate the pain to make it more bearable. However, if the pain continues, there are also surgical options which can help to relieve the nerve pressure/pain by excising the material that is pressing against the nerve, or also by extending the disc space in the spine. These are serious operations which should always be consulted with an expert before you decide to undertake these operations.
If you have received back and neck injuries from a car accident or suffered an injury due to another person’s negligence please contact the Law Firm of Rivers Morrell for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400 to discuss your claims.