Neck injuries and residual pain can result from various situations, including a workplace accident, improper lifting, participation in contact sports and following a car crash. Workers may even suffer a neck injury after sitting in front of a computer for an extended time period.
A person’s neck injury can result in associated conditions like headaches, tingling or numbness in the legs and arms and shoulder pain. Some neck injuries, such as whiplash, may only leave behind soft tissue injuries that dissipate after a short time. Others may cause persistent discomfort that sticks around.
Which symptoms are consistent with a whiplash injury?
A whiplash injury results from a person’s head moving in a sudden, violent front and back motion. The soft tissue damage resulting from this can cause headaches, dizziness, stiffness and neck pain. Many individuals who suffer a whiplash injury experience numbness, tingling or weakness from their neck down into their limbs.
How repetitive strain injuries emerge
Whether they work in trenchwork, ship repair, plumbing or even in an administrative job, many workers may need to maintain awkward positions or poor postures. These can cause significant damage to the neck.
Situations that may result in pinched nerves
Another danger workers face is pinched nerves. These can result in sharp, shooting pain in a person’s neck that radiates down to their arms.
What causes vertebral disc damage?
Heavy lifting may result in vertebral disc damage, which can cause pain that often runs from the neck down into the legs. Individuals who suffer vertebral disc damage, such as fractures, must seek immediate medical treatment as their injury can result in a spinal cord injury and paralysis and death.
Addressing your neck injury
Neck injuries are often so serious that people who suffer them experience chronic pain and loss of function. Both of these may result in a person losing the ability to work or engage in normal everyday activities.
You may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation at the initial onset of your injury. Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you if you experience lasting symptoms that interfere with your ability to work. Reviewing our website can provide you with insight into how Ohio law protects workers injured on the job.