A car accident can result in severe injuries to almost any part of your body. However, some injuries are more common than others. For instance, most car crashes cause back injuries. Therefore, if you are involved in a rear-end, side or front impact accident, it’s important you be aware of the back injuries you may sustain and seek medical attention immediately.
Here are some common back injuries you can sustain after a car crash:
Lumbar spine injury
The lumbar spine consists of the lowest part of your spinal cord – the five vertebrae below your thoracic section. This part plays a significant role in providing stability for the spine. So, any injury or strain to it can be excruciating. In addition, strains and sprains can cause inflammation that can seriously affect your everyday life.
Soft tissue injuries
This injury entails strain or sprain to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back. For example, ligaments that connect bones to other bones or joints to bones can get damaged during a car crash. Conversely, tissues can get stretched excessively and damage the tendons.
This injury occurs when the vertebral bones are displaced from the ligaments due to a stress fracture. While the symptoms might take some time before manifesting, the pain is usually excruciating and can result in difficulty walking, weakness and loss of bowel or bladder control.
Bulging or herniated discs
The discs between every vertebra in the back cushion and protect the spine. So, when a vertebra cracks, the disc displaces and exerts pressure on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves. As a result, you may experience pain, weakness, tingling and numbing, depending on the location of the herniation.
If you suffered any of the above back injuries in a wreck that was caused by another driver, ensure you seek compensation for your damages. Experienced legal guidance can help.