Car accidents can result in a range of back injuries, varying in severity based on the impact and the individual's position in the vehicle. If you’re suffering from back pain after a car accident, it could be due to:
- Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the neck and upper spine are forcefully jerked forward and backward. This can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and discs in the neck and upper back.
- Herniated discs: The force of a collision can cause the discs between the vertebrae in the spine to rupture or herniate. This can result in pressure on nearby nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the back.
- Compression fractures: The impact of a crash can cause compression fractures in the vertebrae, particularly in the lower back.
- Spinal cord injuries: High-impact car accidents can lead to spinal cord injuries, which can have devastating and life-altering consequences.
- Sprains and strains: Muscle and ligament strains (overstretching or tearing) or sprains (injury to ligaments connecting bones) are common in car accidents. These injuries can lead to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the back.