Suffering back pain after a car accident is a common experience for many car accident victims.
In many cases, the cause of the discomfort is relatively minor, and symptoms subside on their own within in a matter of days. In other cases, back pain may be a sign of a serious injury with long term consequences.
The vertebrae of the back are separated by a series of discs that provide cushioning and allow for flexibility. In the event of trauma to the back, a disc can be dislodged out of place. In some cases, the outer edge of a disc may also rupture.
Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary considerably depending on the location of the injury, but common symptoms include muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, and arm or leg pain.
Car accidents can also be responsible for fractures of the vertebrae of the back. Compression fractures consist of multiple cracks in the vertebrae and are more common in older adults.
Spinal Cord Injury
Damage to the spinal cord can disrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Depending on the location and extent of a spinal cord injury, symptoms may vary from partial loss of movement or sensation to total paralysis.
Lumbar and Thoracic Spine Fractures
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, fractures of the lumbar and thoracic spine are the most common types of spinal fractures. The main symptom of these injuries is moderate to severe pain.
When spinal fractures are caused by intense trauma in an event such as car accident, other injuries such as spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury are often sustained as well.
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Experiencing back pain after a car accident may be a symptom of a serious injury with considerable consequences. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-753-5203 to find out how our St Petersburg car accident lawyers may be able to help.