What are Some Common Back Injuries from Car Accidents?

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. May 01, 2014

The sudden trauma to the body involved in a car accident can be responsible for a wide variety of injuries to the back, neck and spine.

In some cases, the symptoms of serious back injuries from car accidents do not appear until days after an actual accident has taken place. Below we take a look at some of the more common back injuries associated with car accidents and the symptoms associated with these types of injuries.

Herniated Discs

A herniated disc involves damage to the tissues that serve as cushions between the vertebrae of the spine.

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary considerably depending on the location of an injury. When a herniated disc places pressure on a nerve, it can result in pain that may radiate out to the arms or legs and may be excruciating. In other cases, a herniated disc may result in relatively mild discomfort or limited mobility.

Fractured Vertebrae

Car accidents can also result in damage to the vertebrae of the spine themselves.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, spinal fractures are typically classified based on the location of the injury. Fractures of the upper spine are considered thoracic fractures, while fractures of the lower spine are classified as lumbar fractures.

Other Types of Common Back Injuries

  • Back Sprains: Involving damage such as tears and over-extension of the back.
  • Back Strains: Involving torn or stretched muscles and tendons of the back.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Involving partial to complete tears of the spinal cord.

Have You Suffered a Serious Back Injury?

If you’ve suffered a severe back injury in a car accident due to someone else’s irresponsible behavior, you may need the help of an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer.

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