The forces that occur in car accidents often lead to drivers and passengers sustaining neck and back injuries. 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. The spine is vital for a range of movement and function, and it is a delicate area of the body. A car accident can place tremendous pressure on an accident victim’s spine, leading to pain and potentially lasting harm.
Back injuries can manifest in numerous ways after a car accident and the following are a few types of common kinds back injuries that occur because of car accidents:
- 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.
Causes and Treatment of 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
If you sustained a back injury in a car accident, contact a car accident attorney to discuss your options for compensation. You could receive a settlement or award to cover your medical bills and more.
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