Car Accidents and Back Injuries: What to Know
No matter how minor a car accident may seem at first, injuries can still occur. Unfortunately, back injuries are fairly common when it comes to car accidents. This is because even at low speed, the human body was not designed to handle the impact of a car accident. It’s important to keep a close eye on any symptoms that appear after a car accident, and to get the proper medical treatment should they develop.
One of the most common injuries suffered from car accidents is whiplash. Whiplash, which causes damage to muscles, tissues, and ligaments in the neck, generally occurs when someone is rear-ended. This is because the head and neck are jolted forward, but the body remains in place, causing the head and neck to stop abruptly.
While whiplash can be felt immediately after an accident, it can also take hours or even days before pain, dizziness, fatigue, stiffness, blurred vision, or other symptoms are noticeable. Varying from mild to severe, whiplash injuries commonly require physical therapy to treat.
When the lower half of your body stays still but your head and torso move around during an accident, it can result in a spinal fracture. This often occurs when a seatbelt doesn’t properly hold the body in place.
A compression fracture is a type of spinal fracture in which a small crack occurs around the vertebrae. It can cause pain, which may increase when you sit down, walk, or even breathe. These types of injuries can cause muscle weakness, numbness, and bladder issues.
Though some spinal fractures can heal on their own simply by resting and remaining immobile, others are more serious and require that surgery.
When you are involved in a car accident, the force of the accident can cause the discs in your back to shift. When this occurs, these discs can compress your nerves leading to a lot of pain or even numbness. This injury is called a herniated disc.
Herniated discs generally do not need invasive treatment, but instead physical therapy and medication to relieve pain. Typically, the only time that surgery is necessary is when a disc is severely herniated and impacting other important structures in the body.
Be aware of any pain in your arms or legs, unexplained weakness in your muscles, or pain or numbness on one side of your body. If the pain becomes worse at night, when making specific movements, after standing or sitting, or when walking short distances, this can also be indicative of a herniated disc injury.
When someone has spinal stenosis but isn’t aware of it, a car accident can cause the individual to begin feeling the symptoms of it. However, crashes aren’t generally the cause of the injury itself. They can cause symptoms to accelerate. You can make an appointment with a spinal specialist to determine your treatment options.
As with a herniated disc injury, symptoms of spinal stenosis can include numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand, arm, leg, or foot. You may also experience neck pain, issues with balance and walking, or even bladder or bowel dysfunction in more severe cases.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Regardless of the speed of a car accident, if your body is hit in just the right position, it can cause damage to your spinal cord. The impact can cause bruising, a cut, or can even sever the spinal cord, leading to permanent paralysis.
While paralysis in any part of your body can be indicative of a spinal cord injury, so too can severe back pain or pressure in your head, neck, or back, loss of bladder or bowel control, and numbness, tingling, or even loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, legs, toes, and feet.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of someone else, it can leave you battling physical, emotional, and financial hurdles. But the good news is that a qualified Arizona Car Accident attorney can help to improve your chances for success and can help to make a difficult situation easier. At Zanes Law we will help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 833-214-0917 today!
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