Facet joint pain and car accidents

Countless British Columbia residents deal with very painful neck issues on a daily basis. In fact, for some people, these painful neck problems never go away, and many of these neck problems are the result of car accidents. Facet joint pain is one of the most common categories of car crash related neck pain, but sometimes it isn't diagnosed right away.

Here's a very common scenario: A British Columbia driver is suddenly involved in a fender-bender. The driver gets out of the car, examines the damages and decides that he or she feels fine and does not require medical care. The appropriate paperwork is filed so that the at-fault driver's insurance will pay for the vehicular property damage caused by the accident, and since there were no reported injuries, nothing is paid out relating to medical care. The problem is, the above isn't the end of the story. A couple weeks later, the driver begins to develop very neck pain that just won't go away.

Facet joint problems are the most common causes of persistent neck pain following a car wreck. This kind of pain could be in the back of the neck or on the right or left sides of the center of the neck. Usually, symptoms include tenderness when touched, and the victim and doctors might mistake it or misdiagnose it for muscle pain. However, tests do exist to definitively know if facet joint pain is the problem.

Neck pain could require expensive physical therapy and other medical treatments -- even surgery in severe cases -- to resolve. In order to pay for this medical care, those who are hurt in car accidents due to another, at-fault driver, may wish to pursue legal claims to seek financial damages associated with their doctor and hospital treatments.

Source: North American Spine Society, "Whiplash and Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAS)," accessed Sep. 07, 2016

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