Perhaps the reason why car accidents exist as a common global problem today is because of the lack of attention and investment it has received from the government. These accidents cause damage to the health of an individual because of how they can affect the neck region and the nerves in the lower areas of the back. Common injuries observed include disc herniation, lower back pain, and whiplash injury.
The issue in this debate arises when people think post-accident injuries have a common leading cause. However, this assumption is nothing short of a myth, and we must get rectified before dissecting the topic further. It is why post-collision accidents can sometimes be tricky to navigate in terms of their causes and effects. For example, you cannot simply say that the frequency of an accident can rely on factors like the size and height of a person.
Let us now begin to understand what these terms mean to take the necessary precautions to keep away from them.
Whiplash accidents and disc slips talk about the wear and tear of muscles and joints. You can often observe symptoms within the first 24 hours of the collision. These signs can range between sporadic waves of pain in the neck region and a loss of sensation or a tingling feeling that you experience in various areas of the body. You can continue reading the article further to learn how and why accidents occur. Below is a guide prepared to know what path to pursue a speedy recovery.
So How Does One Go About Understanding Disc Herniation?
After visiting a car accident clinic, a trained accident injury doctor would ask you to ponder any signs of pain to the patient post-injury and recollect how the accident occurred. The paragraph below illustrates how disc slips happen and why you need to diagnose them before it gets too late.
Perhaps the threat is to the spinal cord, especially when talking about automobile accidents. It is because the spine cushions post-collision shock levels that create a sudden impact on the body. The collision could be because of the accident or falling onto your back after falling from a vertical distance. However, the spine always comes in handy whenever such a need arises. The spinal disc around the spinal cord aid in its function and help cushion the effects.
However, this characteristic feature of the discs can only effectively come into play when the discs are healthy while the spine is in good shape.
On the other hand, in the case of a herniated disc, these discs can no longer retain their original form, and that causes pain to the victim. When this occurs, the damaged annulus causes the disc nucleus of the herniated disc to pierce through its outer layer. The damaged annulus can no longer hold the disc nucleus, and hence, it penetrates through the outer layer of the spine. The disc nucleus gets embedded into the spinal canal, which is too narrow a passage to contain it. The lack of space created in the spine causes a misalignment of discs from their natural place, making it almost impossible for the spine to keep the discs where they should be. The compression of space causes spinal nerves to get compressed and increases pain levels in the lower back and neck areas.
The reason which practitioners need to take extra caution when diagnosing such ailments is that the pain can surge at any given time. And pain levels can be of immense concern if they do not get tended to in time.
Signs and Symptoms to Help Spot a Herniated Disc
The symptoms listed below mostly get ticked off when practitioners try diagnosing a patient with a slipped disc.
- chronic pain in the thighs, buttocks, calves, arms, feet, and shoulders
- a tingling or prickling sensation in several areas of the body, along with a loss of sensation
- inadequate balance, which causes the patient to stumble and fall more often than before
- feeling overwhelmed with mundane tasks and feeling exhausted quickly
- damaged areas experience burning sensations
- severe onslaughts of pain in the lower regions of the spine, towards the lower back area
- periodic pain levels experienced in the neck region and the area surrounding the shoulder blades
Whiplash Injury and Treatment
Unfortunately, automobile accidents and injuries do not end with disc herniation. Other forms of head injuries include whiplash, which is essential to mishaps on the road. At times, a sudden jerk at the site of an accident impacts the neck region, and the muscles get stiffened around the affected area. Since the neck also connects to the spinal cord, the spine gets damaged, which pushes it into an irregular S-shape, which severely affects the ligaments around it.
Underlying Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
You can often spot signs of whiplash injury within the first 24 hours of the accident. These include the following.
- Discomfort felt in the jaw area
- Feeling dizzy
- pain in the lower back
- vision gets blurred
Perhaps the most different aspect about these two injuries is that whiplash care is still simple to execute. It includes low-impact workouts that will not exert you too much. These exercises can get followed on YouTube since even beginners find them easy to follow. Muscle stretching allows the relaxation of ligaments and decreases the damage caused to muscles.
One must take precautions beforehand to save them from unnecessary damage and exertion in the future. However, once the injury occurs, you must seek effective treatment at the earliest.
Most clinics in developed cities accept health insurance so that medical facilities can get accessed by people from all income brackets, and that is integral to a healthy community. And in the digital world that we all are familiar with today, healthcare can even get accessed online by booking your appointment with your preferred practitioner at a time that fits best with your schedule.
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