Understanding acute neck injuries

| Feb 22, 2017 | workplace injuries

Regardless of the type of job you do in Texas, a neck injury is a hazard that is always present. While some neck problems develop over time, a sudden trauma may cause you some severe concerns right away. Many workers turn to our team at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., for answers to their questions about what to expect after this type of debilitating event.

One of the most important things you can do after an accident at work is to seek medical attention, and this is especially true when it comes to spinal cord injuries. According to EMedicineHealth.com, the following symptoms could indicate damage to your spinal cord:

  •          Trouble moving your arms or legs
  •          Bowel or bladder control failure
  •          Loss of feeling or numbness
  •          Tingling sensations

Dizziness or nausea, headache or pain shooting from your shoulder to your arm could be a sign that you have a torn or ruptured disc. You may also experience shooting pain down one or both arms as a result of a muscle or ligament injury, or a pinched nerve.

If your spine is dislocated or fractured in an accident, you have a high risk of paralysis. In this situation, it is critical that you are not moved until someone is available who understands the proper first aid for this type of injury. Typically, this involves ensuring that you are immobilized before transporting you to the hospital.

A twisting movement, fall, strangulation, or a blow to the head or neck may cause any of these acute neck injuries. More information about workplace accidents is available on our web page.

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