- Herniated Disc – This involves an injury to the soft, rubber-like discs or disks located in between the bones in the spine, which are called vertebrae. If these disks are injured, the interior of the disk can bulge out and press on nerves, causing serious back pain. This injury is sometimes also called a “slipped disc,” although that’s a misnomer because the disc itself cannot slip out of place.
- L5-S1 Disc Injury – A specific type of herniated disc injury, an L5-S1 Disk or disc injury involves an injury to the disk located in between the L5 vertebrae bone and the S1 vertebrae bone in the lower spine near the pelvis. An L5-S1 Disk injury can cause a lot of back pain due to pressure being placed on key nerve endings.
- Lumbar spine sprain – This type of painful back injury occurs when the ligaments (bands of tissue that hold bones together) are sprained or strained.
- Lumbar spine tear – A more serious type of lumbar spine injury, the ligaments in the spine are torn away from the bone, causing pain and discomfort.
- Spinal cord injury – Injuries to the spine can have life-changing consequences, including paralysis, depending on the severity and the location of the spinal cord injury.
- Lumbar Spondylolisthesis – Medical term for a lower back injury in which one of the spinal bones (vertebrae) slides forward over a bone in the lower back or lumbar section of the spine.
There are many other types of injuries caused by car crashes that result in serious or chronic back pain. This is why anyone who experiences back pain should see a doctor as soon as possible. That way, medical professionals can run the necessary tests (including X-Rays, MRIs, CT-Scans) to diagnose back pain and provide the necessary medical care.
Back pain from rear-end accidents
While any car accident injury victim can experience back pain, people injured in rear-end crashes often suffer from pain in different parts of the back. What makes rear-end injuries so serious – and sometimes so frustrating – is some people (and insurance companies) don’t think that such injuries are real.
Often, serious back pain sustained in a rear-end crash is dismissed as something minor or not that serious. That way, insurance companies can deny injury claims submitted by back injury victims seeking compensation.
If you hurt your back in a rear-end crash, you know that your pain is real. This is why it’s always important to see a doctor right away, then talk to a rear-end accident lawyer who can demand the money you deserve for your injury-related expenses.