How Back Injuries Occur

Back injuries in automobile accidents are most prevalent among all automobile incidents and commonly occur due to the sudden jolt and impact one experiences when in a crash. This sudden impact occurs almost instantaneously, this in addition to the impact can cause a great deal of strain on your back. Individuals commonly feel pain in the lower back area, this is because the seatbelt only secures the hips and the spine is left for the most part unsecured. This causes the spine to be a lever on a hinge. Upon impact the spine may suddenly jolt in many directions, whether it be forward, sideways, diagonally, it may cause injuries to the individual spine or the underlying musculature which stabilizes the spine.

Effects of a Back Injury

The lower back is the most common site of back injuries, including:

  • Sprains.
  • Strains.
  • Herniated Discs.
  • Fractured Vertebrae.
  • Pain in the Legs
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Numbness

These injuries can cause pain and limit your mobility Sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident.  Unfortunately, back injury can cause long lasting pain and discomfort.

How to Treat a Back Injury

Firstly, diagnosing what kind of back injury is critical, it is important to understand what injury you have in order to heal it. Some diagnostic methods are:

  • X-rays.
  • MRI.
  • CT scan.

There are many approaches one can take to treat a back injury such as:

  • Medication (consult a doctor).
    • Painkillers.
    • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Chiropractic Care.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Athletic Therapy.
  • Laminectomy (removal of damaged vertebrae).
  • Kyphoplasty.
  • Endoscopy.
  • Spinal Fusion.
  • Artificial Disk Replacement.


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