Back Pain Is Very Common After A Car Accident
Car accidents are traumatic for the human body. Collisions, even at low speeds, can cause a number of injuries including brain or a whiplash injury, damage to muscles and ligaments, or soft tissue injuries.
However, back Injuries are one of the most prevalent types of injuries after being in a car accident. The spine is a very complex structure, and it is not built to withstand the impact of a Car Accident.
The impact strains the ligaments and muscles in the back, can cause muscle spasms, and the joints bear the brunt of the force which can cause tearing of the tissues and broken bones.
Many back injuries that occur during a car accident are in need of immediate attention, in some cases surgery may even be required.
It is important to be able to spot the symptoms of back injuries so you will know what to do if you sustain a back injury from a car accident. Even if you were not traveling at a fast speed, if you experience any back pain after an accident you should seek Chiropractic Care.
You may not know what is causing your back pain, or neck pain or how severe the problem is, which could lead to experiencing the pain for months or years after your car accident. Seeing a Chiropractor after an accident can help you identify any injuries and help to relieve the pain from the injury.
How To Spot Back Pain Symptoms
It is not always easy to know if your back pain is simply a muscle strain, a soft tissue injury, or something more serious. You will not know for sure until you are evaluated by a medical professional, such as a Chiropractor.
There are several symptoms that indicate medical attention is needed. Here are some of the common back injuries caused by car accidents:
- Disc Herniation is caused when the discs absorb the majority of the impact to the spine causing the soft center to push through a small crack in the exterior of the disc, which irritates the surrounding nerves. Some people experience symptoms such as tingling, numbness, arm pain or leg pain depending on the location of the herniated disc.
- Spondylolisthesis occurs when a vertebra shifts out of place due to a stress fracture in the bone. This may cause the bone to press on the nerves or narrow the spinal canal, causing pain, numbness, weakness, and difficulty walking. However, some people may not experience any symptoms at all until years later which is why it is crucial to be examined thoroughly after a car accident.
- Spinal Fractures are very common in the middle and lower back during an auto accident. The impact that the upper body and lower body may sustain can pull the vertebrae apart. Some cases may result in spinal cord injuries or broken vertebrae. The most common symptom of a spinal fracture is moderate to severe back pain that becomes worse with movement.
If you experience back pain in a car accident, you should be evaluated by a doctor to make sure you did not sustain any serious injury. If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of bladder or bowel control you may have a severe injury that must be addressed immediately.
At Arrowhead Clinic, through careful chiropractic and medical care, we tailor our treatments to address each patient's unique conditions, pain levels, and needs.
We have been specializing in treating Car Accident Injury victims in Atlanta, Georgia for nearly 40 years, and are leaders in the field.
If you or a loved one has suffered back injury due to a car accident, pick up the phone and call now for a FREE consultation with one of our experienced Georgia Back Pain Accident Injury Doctors at 800-961-PAIN (7246) or click on the link below.