Glossary: Strain 

Posted: October 28, 2022

William Mattar Glossary


According to the Mayo Clinic, a “strain” occurs when a bodily tissue (typically a muscle or a tendon) has been overstretched or torn partially or fully.  

A “cervical strain” is a common type of strain that may ensue because of a motor vehicle accident. This kind of strain can result from sudden acceleration or deceleration, often seen in a rear-end automobile collision. Some individuals may claim that a cervical strain is only a “minor” or “temporary” injury. However, these strains can in fact be serious injuries that amount to severe symptoms for car accident victims. Thus, under certain circumstances, an individual who has sustained a cervical strain injury in a New York State car accident may still be able to make a claim for pain and suffering, especially if that person did not have prior complaints of similar pain before the accident occurred.  

According to Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of a strain may include, but are not limited to:  

  • pain, tenderness, or discomfort; 
  • redness or bruising; 
  • limited motion; 
  • muscle spasms or weakness; and 
  • swelling.  

Someone who may have symptoms resembling a strain may have also sustained a serious injury to the spine, including a herniated or bulging disk. A medical provider will be able to ascertain the nature and extent of injuries.  

Suffering a Strain or Another Injury Following a Car Accident?

The car accident injury attorenys at William Mattar, P.C. have years of experience handling personal injury claims. Schedule an initial consultation online or by calling the office at (844) 444-4444.

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