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Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Specialist

Andrew M Cash, MD -  - Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Desert Institute of Spine Care

Andrew M Cash, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Even if you walk away from a car accident feeling fine, it doesn't mean you're free of a motor vehicle accident injury. Many people have delayed symptoms that may not appear for days. Andrew Cash, MD, at Desert Institute of Spine Care specializes in diagnosing and treating neck and back injuries caused by a car accident, offering a variety of treatments to restore your health and get your life back on track. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, or use the online booking feature today.

Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Q & A

What are the most common motor vehicle accident injuries?

After an auto accident, some injuries heal quickly. But even a minor accident, or a motor vehicle accident at a slow speed, can cause severe injuries.

Though any part of your body can be affected, back and neck injuries are among the most common injuries after a car accident. You may have:


A whiplash injury occurs when your neck quickly snaps back and forth or even side to side. The movement forces the tissues beyond their normal range of motion, causing damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In severe cases, your vertebrae, nerves, and discs may also suffer damage.

Disc injuries

Car accidents cause disc injuries such as slipped, ruptured, bulging, or herniated discs.


This injury occurs during a traumatic car crash that forces a vertebra to slip out of place.

Nerve damage

Nerve damage following a car accident could be temporary or permanent.

Sprains and strains

The accident may cause pulled or torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments anywhere along your spine.

Spinal fractures

Spinal fractures may occur during a severe motor vehicle accident.

What symptoms appear after a motor vehicle accident injury?

You may have immediate symptoms after a car accident. However, it's important to know that you can also have delayed symptoms. That's why you should always schedule an immediate examination even if you think you don’t have an injury.

Symptoms that often appear after an auto accident include:

  • Pain in the neck, back, head, shoulders
  • Pain, tingling, burning, or numbness radiating down your arms or legs
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty lifting, walking, sitting, or reaching
  • Bump or deformity near injury
  • Redness and bruising
  • Swelling and inflammation

Getting an early diagnosis and treatment lowers your risk of potential complications.

How is a motor vehicle accident injury treated?

Dr. Cash customizes your treatment to target the underlying injury. Your treatment begins with the most appropriate conservative measures, such as medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, and interventional treatments.

If you have a severe injury like a fracture or your symptoms don't improve, Dr. Cash performs one of many possible surgeries to repair the damage and help you heal.

If you're in an auto accident, don't wait to schedule an appointment. Call Desert Institute of Spine Care or book an appointment online today.


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