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Auto accidents and long-term back problems

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Injuries |

Car accidents can have devastating consequences. One common injury that many people experience as a result of a crash is permanent back problems.

It is important for road users as well as those injured in accidents to review this issue closely.

An overview of back injuries

The impact of a car accident can cause serious damage to the spine, leading to long-lasting pain and mobility issues. According to MedlinePlus, when a car comes to a sudden stop due to a collision, the jolt can result in a back injury. The force exerted on the body can cause the spine to compress and twist in unnatural ways. This can result in injuries such as herniated discs, fractured vertebrae or nerve damage, all of which can lead to chronic back pain and limited mobility.

One of the most common back injuries sustained in car accidents is whiplash, which occurs when the head and neck are jerked back and forth rapidly upon impact. This sudden movement can strain the muscles and ligaments in the neck and upper back, leading to stiffness, pain and decreased range of motion. In more severe cases, car accidents can cause fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae.

Dealing with a back injury

It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a car accident, even if you do not experience any immediate pain or discomfort. Some back injuries may not present symptoms right away, but early intervention helps prevent long-term damage. Treatment for permanent back problems resulting from car accidents may include physical therapy, pain management techniques and in some cases, surgery.

Dealing with chronic pain and limited mobility can take a toll on your mental health, and the cost of medical treatment and lost wages can add additional stress. By understanding the connection between car accidents and back problems, you can take steps to protect yourself and prioritize your recovery in the event of a crash.

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