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Common causes of neck pain after a crash

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2024 | Personal Injury Law

Car accidents can result in severe trauma for different parts of the body. Often, it is the neck that takes the brunt of the force during a collision. 

Upon impact, the neck may be forced to rock back and furth, putting bones and soft tissues under immense pressure. What are some of the most common causes of neck pain after an accident? 


Whiplash is one of the most commonly sustained injuries after car accidents. Generally, the victim will feel pain in the neck and lower back, numbness in one arm as well as dizziness. The severity of injuries depends on the extent of the injury. This also applies to recovery times. 

Minor cases of whiplash can fade within a week, with more serious cases lasting several months. 

Slipped discs 

The intervertebral discs stretch along the spine and they act as shock absorbers. Unfortunately, the force during a car accident is often too much for these discs to cope with, and they can slip out of place. This can put pressure on the spinal cord and nervous system, which can be painful. 

Again, treatment options for slipped discs largely depend on the extent of the damage. Often, anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers are enough for minor injuries, with recovery taking a matter of weeks. In more severe cases, surgical procedures may be required. 

Neck pain after an accident could indicate serious damage. That’s why it’s so important to seek medical help after a crash. Once you have done this, it may be a good idea to seek some legal guidance and explore your potential compensation options.