Back Pain from a Vehicle Accident
A common injury that people experience as a result of a car accident is back pain. The spinal cord, the vertebrae, the cartilage discs, and the nerve bundles in between the vertebrae can all be bruised or damaged after a crash.
There is a common misconception that lower back pain is a “normal symptom” of a car accident. To be clear: Lower back pain is not a "normal symptom” following a collision and could indicate a serious problem. If you were injured in an accident and begin experiencing back pain, our accident injury specialists will provide you with a thorough diagnostic analysis and will recommend a treatment plan for you that is designed to relieve your pain and restore your full range of motion and ability.
There are a wide variety of back injuries, though most fall into one of the following categories:
- Slipped Disc or Herniated Disc (spondylolisthesis) (Click Here To Find Out More!)
- Pinched Nerve or Nerve Damage (cervical radiculopathy) (Click Here To Find Out More!)
- Spine Damage (Click Here To Find Out More!)
What causes a back injury?
Generally speaking, there are a wide variety of back injuries, and as a result, there are a wide variety of causes. Impact in a car accident can cause trauma to the spine, as can whiplash. Any direct, forceful movement can cause issues such as a herniated disc, pinched nerves, or subluxation.
How is a back injury diagnosed?
Diagnosis will begin with an interview by an accident injury specialist to understand how you were injured, and what the symptoms of the injury are. This is followed by a physical exam to see if there are immediately prevalent issues. Depending on the type and severity of your injury, you may be sent for back x-rays or an MRI. Injuries to the back may be felt in the arms, legs, neck - even the head - so it is important to have the diagnosis done by an accident injury specialist who is familiar with these types of injuries and can more readily identify the issue.
How do you treat a back injury?
Back injury treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. Chiropractic care and Pain management are prescribed in many circumstances. In more severe cases a spine doctor or orthopaedic surgeon may be needed. Physical therapy may be necessary to regain pain-free use of your back muscles and spine. Broward Outpatient Medical Center has all of these specialties in-house!
What is the recovery time for a back injury?
Your recovery time depends on a number of factors, including your age, disease (such as Paget's or Osteoporosis), the type of injury, exercise regimen, nutrition and your general health. With a herniated disc you may completely recover within a month or two. Even less for a pinched nerve. Severe spine injury may be a lifetime of recovery. The important thing is to seek the best possible treatment for your injury that is available.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident that resulted in injuries to the back, it is important to seek medical care promptly to prevent long term damage and ongoing pain.
Submission of this form is an application for a FREE Medical Consultation for your injuries suffered in a car accident. You will be contacted by a representative to ensure you are qualified, and your appointment scheduled if you are qualified. The "FREE Medical Consultation" is an initial discussion with a medical provider about your accident injuries before an exam or treatment, which will be utilized to determine the appropriate diagnostics, and potentially treatment.