Neck injuries are relatively common injuries resulting from a car collision in which an unmoving car is struck by another vehicle from behind. The rear impact causes the seat to push a passenger’s torso forward, forcing his or her head and neck into a hyperextended (backward) position as the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. After a short delay, the torso returns to its position – and the head and neck are thrown into a hyperflexed (forward) position. Doctors use the “cervical acceleration–deceleration” (CAD) term which describes the mechanism of the injury, while the term “whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) describes the injury sequelae and symptoms.
The truth is that a car accident-related neck injury is typically not a life-threatening injury, but if ignored, undiagnosed or not treated properly, it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. In other words, this is a potentially very serious injury and should never be neglected. If there is even a slight chance that you suffer from this type of neck injury, you should seek medical help right away to make sure that there is no inflammation or damage in your soft tissues or spinal cord. In this article, we asked a car accident doctor from Largo to tell us about the most common misconceptions about neck injuries, both car accident-related, and others.
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