The forceful impact of a car accident can cause a serious back injury that jeopardizes a person’s ability to live, work, and simply get around. This can result in lifelong problems, so it’s important to seek prompt medical treatment after an accident. Here’s a closer look at three common kinds of back issues that result from collisions.
Types of Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
1. Herniated Discs
In between each of the bones of the vertebrae, there are rubberlike discs with soft centers. During a car accident, the force of the collision can make the soft center of a disc protrude through the casing that surrounds it. This is called a herniated disc.
The bulge in the disc pinches the nerves of the spine, resulting in significant back pain. You might also experience pain, numbness, a pins-and-needles sensation, or weakness in an arm, leg, or foot.
Whiplash occurs when the head snaps sharply backward and then forward, stretching and tearing the soft tissues of the neck. The pain often extends down into the back.
Like many soft tissue injuries, whiplash may not be apparent until hours or days after the accident, and it can’t be detected on common diagnostic imaging like X-rays. The most pronounced symptom is neck, back, arm, and/or shoulder pain and stiffness. It may or may not be accompanied by a headache or dizziness.
3. Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spinal cord is a major concern when experiencing back pain after a car accident. A spinal cord injury may involve fractures to vertebrae, damage to the nerves of the spinal column, or, in severe cases, a snapping or severing of the spine. In addition to back pain, spinal cord injuries can include loss of sensation or function below the injury site.
If you’ve sustained a back injury from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, be sure to explore all available legal options. The office of Gregory S. Young Co., L.P.A., is here to help. Since 1958, this experienced lawyer has been representing the Cincinnati, OH, area in all types of personal injury claims. From car accidents to medical malpractice, the legal team will fight for your rights and work hard to get you the needed compensation. Call (513) 721-1077 or visit them online to schedule a consultation.