Motorcycle accidents can exert a significant force on the body, and the back is particularly susceptible to injury. Unlike cars, motorcycles offer little protection to riders, which makes them more vulnerable to direct impacts and the forces of a crash. The spine, muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the back can all be affected.
The most common causes of back pain after a motorcycle accident include:
- Muscle strains and ligament sprains: These are common and result from the overstretching or tearing of muscles and ligaments in the back. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and reduced mobility.
- Herniated discs: The impact of a crash can cause the discs between the vertebrae to rupture or shift, leading to a herniated disc. This can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the back and legs.
- Vertebral fractures: The force of a collision can possibly break the vertebrae. These fractures can range in severity and may lead to chronic pain or a spinal cord injury.
- Spinal cord injuries: These are the most severe and can result in permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of the injury.