The force of motor vehicle accidents can lead to severe back injuries in both drivers and passengers. The back is vital for a range of movement and function, but it is a delicate area of the body. A car accident can place tremendous pressure on the spine, leading to pain and potentially lasting harm.
The Types of Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents
Back injuries can manifest in numerous ways after a car accident. The severity of the crash and the force placed upon a person’s body will affect whether a back injury is sustained and what type of back injury is sustained. Some common kinds of back injuries that occur because of car accidents include:
- Herniated disc
- Spondylolisthesis (out of place vertebrae)
- Lumbar sprain
- Spinal fracture
- Spinal cord damage
- Spinal stenosis (bone narrowing
Each of these back injuries will require a different course of treatment. It is important to have any back pain checked out by a medical professional following a car accident.
The Common Causes and Treatment of Car Accident-Related Back Injuries
Back and spinal injuries often occur during car accidents because of whiplash. During the impact, a person’s body is jolted around, and the person might experience a violent backward-and-forward motion of the head and neck known as whiplash. Whiplash places extreme strain on the back in addition to the neck.
A person might also be thrown against the car door, jostled inside the car, or ejected from the car. All of these motions can strain and damage the back. More mild injuries might require rest, hot or cold compresses, pain relievers, and specialized exercises.
Serious back injuries might require nerve-blocking injections, steroid injections, or surgery. Surgical treatment options for car accident back injuries can include:
- Spinal fusion
- Disc replacement
Compensation for Car Accident-Related Back Injuries in New York
If you sustained a back injury in a car accident, contact a car accident attorney to discuss your options for compensation. You could receive an award to cover your medical bills and more.
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