Back Pain Caused From An Auto Accident

October 30, 2012

I got in a car accident and my back hurts… now what?

There are many different injuries and problems that can be caused by an automobile accident―broken bones, cuts and bruises, head injuries, whiplash, etc. Luckily, most of the injuries can be treated by a medical professional and will heal over time. However, there are some types of injuries sustained from a car crash which can stick with you for months, or even years, after your accident.

One type of injury which can leave many auto accident victims in pain long after their incident is a back injury. Car accident back pain is one of the worst, and most prevalent, types of chronic pain that is caused by automobile accidents. These injuries can be caused by a serious, significant car crash, or even something as simple as a minor fender bender. Back pain injury can also occur when a vehicle is struck on the side by another vehicle on the road.

While the tremendous forces that are created during a car accident are enough to tear apart the soft tissues in the back and shatter bones, whiplash is also responsible for more than one million car accident back injuries each year. Ten percent of these car accident back injuries can lead to long term pain and disability in those affected.

Luckily, there are many ways in which you can diagnose and treat a back injury to make sure that it does not have a permanent effect on your health and wellness. Here is just some basic information about car accident back injuries and their common symptoms and treatments:

What Types Of Back Pain Are There?

There are essentially two categories of back pain: acute (short-term), which lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, or chronic (long-term) back pain.

Acute back pain can be caused by a sudden jolt or trauma to the lower back caused by an automobile accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissue. Symptoms of acute back pain can range anywhere from muscle ache, to shooting pain in the back, to the inability to stretch or stand straight. While most cases of acute back pain can be cleared up with help from a medical professional, if symptoms are left untreated, they can become more serious and painful over time.

Chronic back pain presents the same type of pain and symptoms of acute back pain, however it is measured by duration―typically pain that persists for four or more months.

How Is Low Back Pain Treated?

There are a number of different tests and treatments that can be performed on a patient who has sustained serious back injuries from an automobile accident.

Most back injuries can be detected through a basic x-ray exam. These imaging techniques can help identify any broken bones or injured vertebra that may be causing pain in the back.  Medical professionals may also use other techniques to help identify the cause of back pain. These may include the use of CT or CAT scans, MRIs, bone scans, myelograms, discograms and other tests to help determine the extent of the injury.

If you have suffered from a serious back injury following an automobile accident, be sure to contact Sall Myer Medical Associates to ensure that the problem is treated and corrected before your symptoms progress. As long as you take proper steps to ensure that your injury is treated, you can help stop your back pain before it interferes with your health and your life.


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