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Numbness and Tingling After a Car Accident

Nerve injuries can be painful and debilitating.

Numbness and tingling can be common symptoms after a car accident caused by nerve damage or compression. Often, this condition can negatively impact a person's quality of life. However, early diagnosis and treatment can prevent long-term complications.

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident to properly diagnose and manage numbness, tingling, or other symptoms, such as a pins-and-needles sensation or loss of feeling, which may be related to whiplash or other spine and neck injuries.

Causes of numbness and tingling

In a car accident, the sudden force and impact of the collision can cause damage to the nerves, leading to numbness and tingling in the affected area. Additionally, compression of the nerves can occur during a crash, leading to similar symptoms.

One of the most common causes of numbness and tingling after a car accident is whiplash, a type of neck injury caused by a sudden head-jerking motion. The force of the impact can cause the nerves in the neck to become compressed or damaged, leading to numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers.

Another cause of numbness and tingling can be a direct blow or injury to a specific area of the body, such as a broken bone or a deep cut. These injuries can cause damage to the nerves in the affected area, leading to numbness and tingling.

Numbness and tingling can be symptoms of a more severe injury, such as a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. Therefore, crash victims must seek medical attention immediately.

Common car accident injuries

Numbness and tingling are symptoms that a variety of injuries can cause, including:

  • Paresthesia: Paresthesia is a condition characterized by abnormal sensations in the skin, such as tingling, numbness, or burning. Various medical conditions, including nerve damage or compression, can cause paresthesia.
  • Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy): Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This type of nerve damage can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected area.
  • Pinched Nerve: A pinched nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed or pinched by surrounding tissue, such as a bone or muscle. This can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the affected area.
  • Sciatica: Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain, numbness, and tingling that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs. This condition is typically caused by a herniated disc or bone spur in the lower spine.
  • Bulging and Herniated Discs: A bulging or herniated disc occurs when a spinal disc's soft, gel-like center pushes out through a tear in the outer wall. This can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing numbness, tingling, and pain.
  • Dislocated Bone: A dislocated bone is an injury in which a bone is moved out of its normal position. This can cause damage to the surrounding nerves and tissue, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain.
  • Swelling of the Spinal Cord: Swelling of the spinal cord can occur due to trauma, inflammation, or other factors. This can compress the spinal cord and cause numbness, tingling, and other neurological symptoms.

Numbness and tingling can be symptoms of many conditions. If you are experiencing these symptoms after a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Numbness and tingling can manifest in a variety of ways, with symptoms ranging from a loss of feeling to a pins-and-needles sensation. These symptoms can be localized to a specific area of the body or more widespread.

Diagnosing numbness and tingling can be challenging, as various underlying conditions can cause the symptoms. Doctors will typically begin with a physical exam to assess the affected area and check for any signs of injury. They may also order imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan to help identify the source of the symptoms.

In addition, doctors may order nerve conduction studies or electromyography (EMG) to help diagnose numbness and tingling. These tests can help identify damage to the nerves and  distinguish between different types of nerve injuries.

Again, numbness and tingling can signify a more serious underlying condition, and early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term complications.

Treatment and management

Treatment for numbness and tingling after a car accident will depend on the underlying cause of the symptoms. Treatment options are available, including physical therapy, medications, and surgery.

  • Physical therapy is often recommended as a first line of treatment for numbness and tingling caused by nerve compression or damage. Physical therapists can help to alleviate symptoms by providing exercises to help stretch and strengthen the affected area, as well as techniques to reduce inflammation and improve circulation.
  • Medications can also be used to help manage the symptoms of numbness and tingling. For example, pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, doctors may prescribe medications specifically to help manage nerve pain, such as gabapentin or pregabalin.
  • Surgery may be recommended to repair or decompress damaged nerves or repair a broken bone causing numbness and tingling.

Most patients can recover and return to normal activities with prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Talk to a car accident lawyer about your legal options.

If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you're entitled to often proves to be an uphill battle. That's because insurance companies care more about protecting profits than paying crash victims what they really deserve.

Hiring a lawyer can increase your chances of receiving fair compensation and allow you to focus on your recovery. Plus, car accident attorneys take cases on contingency, which means you pay no fees unless they win your case.

At The Marye Law Firm, we understand what it takes to get results for Texas crash victims. Discover what an experienced Dallas, TX, car accident lawyer can do for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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