Orthopedic Injuries: Problems That Occur To The Back And Neck

August 01, 2012

Injuries that commonly occur to the back and neck following car crashes.

When it comes to automobile accident injuries, the type of injuries that many people receive typically will fall into a certain category, depending on the nature and the severity of the accident which they were involved in. For instance, accidents which cause severe head injuries or concussions will often need some type of neurological rehabilitation, while someone with a punctured lung or constricted airway will need pulmonary rehabilitation.

While any one of these categories can be expected in a car accident victim, there is one particular type of rehabilitation that is more common than others following an automobile accident: orthopedic rehabilitation.

An orthopedist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of several problems relating to the musculoskeletal system of the human body, including bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. These orthopedic injuries can vary from an uncomfortable sprain or broken bone to a life threatening spinal cord injury. However, even when these injuries are not life threatening, they can still be frightening, painful and often debilitating.

Luckily, with the many tools that are at their disposal, an orthopedic surgeon can decide on the least invasive treatment to help treat an injury or medical condition. To give you an idea of what type of orthopedic injuries typically follow an automobile accident, we have put together two of the most common problems to the back and neck following a car crash.

Herniated Disk

When people say that they have a “slipped” or “ruptured” disk in their neck or lower back, what they are typically describing is actually a herniated disk. These disks are the soft, rubbery pads that are found between the hard bones, or vertebrae, that make up our spinal column. These disks allow our back to flex our bend, and often act as shock absorbers to our spine. A disk herniates or ruptures when part of the center nucleus pushes through the outer edge of the disk, back towards the spinal canal. This puts pressure on our nerves, which are extremely sensitive, even in slight amounts of pressure.

Neck Sprain

People who are involved in a car accident will often report a sharp pain in the neck following their crash. This pain often results from a ligament sprain or a muscle strain, usually in the back of the neck. The seven bones of the spinal column in our necks are called cervical vertebrae. These are connected to each other by ligaments, which are strong bands of tissue, like thick rubber bands. When these ligaments are stretched or torn, it can result in a tear which can cause significant pain.

With this exception of cervical fractures, many orthopedic injuries are mild and can be treated with the help of Sall Myer’s Medical Associates pain management doctors. Our orthopedic staff diagnoses these car accident injuries using our on-site x-ray and open MRI services. We can also help to eliminate some of the stress and worry from your life while alleviating your pain and suffering, and making sure your treatment and recovery are as quick and painless as possible.

If you have an auto accident injury and are looking for orthopedic surgeons in New Jersey, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our quick contact form for FREE consultation.


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