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Rear-end collisions can cause several spine-related injuries

You do not have to travel on I-95 to become the victim of a traffic accident. A rear-end collision can happen anywhere, including the streets of your own neighborhood.

Injuries to the spine are common in this kind of crash, although you may only begin feeling the effects in the hours or days afterward. Here are four examples of spine-related injuries resulting from rear-end collisions.

1. Whiplash

If you become the victim of a rear-end collision, the impact will cause your head to snap backward and forward. The result is often whiplash, an injury to the cervical portion of your spine. If you experience this type of injury, you may be in for pain, headaches, dizziness or blurred vision, although your neck may only feel stiff and sore at first.

2. Compression fracture

Seatbelts help keep vehicle occupants in their seats during a collision, but only the lower half of the body remains relatively still while the chest and head move. The spine can absorb much of the force of impact, causing a compression fracture. Doctors often recommend rest to let the affected vertebrae heal, but surgery is sometimes required.

3. Herniated disc

Because the spine absorbs the force of a crash, it is not uncommon for one or more discs to shift and compress any nerves or structures nearby. The result will be numbness or radiating pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, your doctor may recommend surgery.

4. Spondylolisthesis

A big word for a small but painful injury, spondylolisthesis refers to a vertebra shift due to a bone fracture. Like a herniated disc, this condition can compress nerves or the spinal canal itself. Anyone affected with spondylolistheses may have numbness, pain and difficulty walking.

Seeking assistance

If you sustained an injury in a rear-end collision and reside in or near Wilson, you have access to experienced legal guidance. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, your advocate will work on your behalf to obtain fair compensation to cover your medical expenses and more. Injuries to the spine can have lasting effects, and you deserve the best care available.

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