Neck Injuries

Neck injuries can be pretty serious. Some folks joke about whiplashes, but the fact is that when you are in a car and are hit from behind, your head snaps back, forward, back again and many times there are muscle strains and ligaments strains. Sometimes they resolve pretty well within a few weeks or months but other times they become chronic. That may be diagnosed as myofascial pain syndrome which was a problem that plagues President Kennedy during his life from war injuries. Now we often have clients that have neck injuries in wrecks that also cause damage to cervical disks. The spine is basically a stack of bones, like this, that is separated by little natural shock absorbers called disks that are structured like a jelly donut. The bread of the donut is the annulus, the jelly is the nucleus pulposus. When that annulus is hurt and the jelly begins to leak out of the donut it can press on nerves an cause pain, numbness, and tingling extending down those nerves, if it is the neck it goes down to the arms and hands. And if that doesn’t resolve through conservative treatment with physical therapy and steroid injections over a period of months, doctors will often recommend surgery which can be a serious procedure. Basically they make an incision in the front of the neck, they dig out the bad disks, and they replace it with either bone or an artificial disk. Some people go back to their normal activities without a lot of problems but even then there is some degree of permanent impairment. Other times, the outcome is not as good. Now we have represented a lot of people who had these injuries and these surgeries. If we can help you give us a call.