Back Pain After a Car Accident? What You Should Know (2022)

Every day in the United States more than 27,300 car accidents occur on the road, amounting to the staggering total of more than 10 million every single year.

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Even if you drive defensively, obey speed limits and use your turn signal, it doesn’t mean everyone else on the road acts the same way. As a matter of fact, statistics show that even safe drivers are likely to experience at least 3-4 car accidents in their lifetime.

Of course, many of these accidents will be minor and do nothing but cause a little damage to your car and a headache after dealing with your insurance company.

But sometimes, accidents can be more serious.

Every year, over 2.5 million Americans visit the emergency room as a result of a car accident and in many instances, people find that they start experiencing pain in their neck or back afterward.

Many people have questions when they start feeling back pain and worry that there’s been permanent damage done to their spine. Unfortunately, much of the material that appears online (typically from law firms that are seeking to make a profit from your injury) can only fuel those fears.

In this article, we bust some of the common myths that arise around back injuries and car accidents and take a real, medical look at what can happen to your spine as the result of a crash.

What’s Causing My Back or Neck Pain After My Car Accident?

There are a number of painful conditions that can arise from a car accident, but they commonly stem from muscle strains or tears that occur when the head is violently thrown forward and backward; commonly known as whiplash.

Though relatively uncommon, it’s also possible to sustain injury to the spinal discs, facet joints, bone structure as as result of this motion and depending on the severity of the accident.

We’ll discuss each of these potential causes for pain in detail below:

Whiplash

Whiplash, otherwise known as neck strain, is one of the most common forms of neck pain that occurs after a car accident and happens when, like a whip, the head is forcibly jerked backward and then forward.

Your neck, shoulders and upper back contain 32 muscles as well as numerous tendons and ligaments that all work together to help support your spine and head. They also allow for flexibility while providing strength and movement in the neck.

These soft tissues, like others throughout the body, are susceptible to injury. What’s different about them is that they support the weight of the entire head – usually about 8 pounds – while remaining remarkably flexible.

This extensive range of motion coupled with the overall lack of stability for your head makes these muscles some of the most common to injure.

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In addition to the many muscles and soft tissues that are in your neck and back, you also have your actual spine which can be susceptible to injury as well.

Your spine is made up of 33 different bones, 7 in the neck (also known as the cervical region), 12 in the thoracic region, 5 in the lumbar region, 5 in sacral region and 4 in the coccygeal region.

In addition to the bones and soft tissue, your spine has intervertebral discs between every vertebrae and 31 pairs of nerve roots that exit the spinal cord at various points.

The point is that there’s a lot in your spine that can be susceptible to injury as a result of whiplash, so there are a number of things your spine specialist should look for when investigating your pain. That said, while you should certainly have any neck or back pain examined, you should not immediately assume that chronic or permanent damage has been done to your spine as a result of your accident.

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Spine and disc injury is rarely the cause of back pain, though it may often feel like it. In reality, the majority of back pain is caused by inflammation or unnecessary strain placed on the joints and muscles surrounding the spine.

What happens to muscles that have been strained from whiplash?

Whiplash typically occurs when a muscle, tendon or ligament is stretched past its normal capacity, or hyperextended.

Have you ever heard of a knee hyperextending? It’s the same principle in your neck.

Your muscles, tendons and ligaments are only meant to stretch so far. For example, your arms and legs typically only stretch to a 180-degree angle.

This natural limit allows you to have incredible flexibility and movement in your extremities, while still allowing you to maintain balance and keep vital interior structures from being compressed and injured.

When, through the use of excessive force, these soft tissues are stretched beyond their capabilities the result is almost always strain of some sort.

Think about it like a rubber band. The band has a limit to how far it will naturally stretch and when it is extended beyond that point you start doing damage to the structure itself. The extent of the damage depends almost entirely on how far it is extended.

Your neck is the same way and the excessive and sudden motion of a car accident can cause the soft tissues holding it to tear on a micro level which typically produces pain, stiffness and inflammation at the site of the injury.

Other common symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Headaches, especially at the base of the skull
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constant weariness
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What about dizziness after whiplash?

Muscle and soft tissue pain seems like a pretty common symptom of whiplash but, interestingly enough, about 25-50% of whiplash victims also report feeling dizzy after their accident.

Research has shown that people who have experienced whiplash can also exhibit the signs of a concussion or injury to the brain.

Concussions are caused when the brain, due to a violent blow to the head, collides with the inside of the skull. Symptoms and damage can vary depending on the severity of that impact.

People can experience dizziness, blurred vision and weariness after getting whiplash for the same reason.

Now, it’s important to note that while concussions can occur as a result of whiplash, they are relatively uncommon. The amount of force that it takes to cause a concussion is about 60g of acceleration. On the other hand, the limit of human tolerance to whiplash is only 14g.

Whiplash itself likely won’t cause a concussion on its own. Rather it could come as a result of your head hitting something, like a window or steering wheel, during the accident.

That said, people with whiplash can experience some minor concussion-like symptoms because the brain can still be impacted by the quick and forceful movement caused by the accident. However, these symptoms typically clear up within several weeks after the accident with rest and recovery.

There is still some debate in the scientific community as to why substantial inner ear problems like dizziness, ringing, vertigo and other symptoms can occur after whiplash. Some believe that the triggering of a migraine could be the cause of these symptoms.

What spinal conditions can whiplash cause?

Most of the time, the pain caused as a result of whiplash is as a result of soft tissue injury. However, if the accident is serious enough it can cause more serious spinal conditions like a herniated disc, advanced degenerative disc disease, fractures, stenosis and others.

Disc Herniation

A herniated disc occurs when the inner, gelatinous material of the spinal disc pushes out through the rigid outer layer. This can cause pain if the fluid starts to press up against the sensitive nerve roots that exit the spine.

Herniated discs typically occur in older patients who have experienced a lifetime of natural disc degeneration. However, they can also be caused when severe amounts of pressure have been exerted on the spinal discs; often through a traumatic accident.

Symptoms of a herniated disc typically include:

  • Severe pain in the neck
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities (likely your arms)

Advanced Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a natural condition that affects just about every person with a spine. It’s simply the process of your spinal discs wearing out over a lifetime of constant wear and tear.

Typically, degenerative disc disease never causes any pain and people will go their whole lives without ever knowing they have it.

However, in the case of a serious car accident, it’s possible that the spinal discs experienced a serious amount of damage and degeneration occurred at an increased rate.

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Here’s a simple metaphor to help explain advanced degenerative disc disease:

Imagine a calm, quiet river. Now, we know that water is constantly eroding or “degenerating” the banks of the river. Over time, the river will become wider and deeper as erosion naturally continues.

Now, imagine that one day there’s a flash flood and a ton of water rushes through quiet river. Suddenly, erosion is going to occur at a much quicker rate than it naturally would.

This is similar to what can happen to your spinal discs during an accident. Over the course of your life, your discs will naturally erode or degenerate. However, whiplash is like a flash flood pouring through your spine and putting a ton of extra pressure and force on your discs, causing dengeration to happen at a much quicker rate.

Degenerative disc disease can cause a number of different conditions including spinal stenosis, bone spurs, disc herniation and more.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the canal that houses the spinal cord and nerves narrows as a result of bone spurs or thickened ligaments.

Stenosis typically occurs when the spine has been destabilized by some sort of injury or degeneration. To combat excess movement and to compensate for degeneration, the body will naturally build up bone spurs or thicken the ligaments around the area. A side effect of this process is a narrowing of the spinal canal and potentially pressure being placed on the vital nerves that run through it.

Symptoms of spinal stenosis typically include:

  • Weakness or tingling in the arms
  • Difficulty balancing or standing

It’s important to note that while stenosis has been reported in patients who have experienced whiplash, there hasn’t been a direct correlation as of yet.

Facet Joint Disease

Facet joint disease is a condition where the facet joints in the spine degenerate to the point of causing pain.

Facet joints run all the way up the spine and allow for movement and flexibility in the back. Similar to other major joints in the body like the knees and shoulders, these joints are lined with cartilage that can naturally wear out over time.

However, like degenerative disc disease, this process can be expedited by significant trauma to the spine; like whiplash.

The symptoms and amount of pain a person experiences from facet disease depends almost entirely on the location of the degenerated joint, the extent of damage that has occurred and the amount of pressure that it is putting on the surrounding nerve roots.

For example, a degenerated joint in the upper spine will generally manifest itself through symptoms in the neck, shoulders and, occasionally, headaches.

Conversely, symptoms from a damaged joint in the middle or lower back will typically be felt in the lower back, buttocks or legs. That said, there are some common symptoms that do occur in patients with facet disease, these include:

  • Throbbing lower back pain that radiates into the buttocks or upper thighs
  • Pain that goes from the back of the neck out to the shoulders
  • Bone spurs
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness of certain areas of the spine
  • Pain that is exasperated through certain spine movements, like twisting your back, bending over, leaning back, etc.

When should I see a doctor as a result of whiplash?

Most cases of whiplash, while potentially painful, will heal on their own. However, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms for an extended period of time, you should see a spinal specialist:

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  • Symptoms spread to the shoulders or arms
  • Moving your head is exceptionally painful and not getting better with time
  • You feel a bulge in your neck
  • You have numbness or weakness in your arms
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Often, these types of symptoms are indicative of a more serious problem with the spinal structure itself, likely a herniated disc that is pressing up against the nerve roots that exit your spine. It could also be an indication of damage to the vertebrae itself or the tendon or ligament structures that are connected to the bones.

Regardless of whether or not you are experiencing these more serious symptoms of whiplash, you should always see your spinal specialist after experiencing any kind of trauma to the head or neck that is causing you prolonged discomfort or pain.

Oftentimes, we are not the best judges of our pain and far too often we assume that problems will simply go away on their own. While this is true in most cases, there are instances where medical attention is required and it is always far better to receive that attention as early as possible to avoid any permanent damage.

Will My Whiplash Pain Go Away?

In most cases, the pain from whiplash typically goes away after about 6 weeks. However, a vast majority of the pain should dissipate a couple of days after the accident as the soft tissues impacted begin to heal and inflammation dies down.

While painful, whiplash typically doesn’t affect the vital nerves, bones or other structures located within the neck and pain can be reduced with ice, pain-relieving medication and rest.

Which means that the prognosis for victims of whiplash is often good, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

That said, about 12-50% of people still report experiencing symptoms, like headaches or neck pain, after a year and others will continue to exhibit symptoms the rest of their lives.

The amount of time that pain lasts is typically dependent on the seriousness of the accident, the amount of damage that was caused to the spine and soft tissues and whether or not you had any preexisting spinal conditions beforehand.

By taking a MRI or CT-scan of your spine, a neurosurgeon will be able to better determine the symptoms that you’ll likely experience as you’re recovering from your accident and whether or not they will be long-term.

How is whiplash treated?

Typically, the best treatment for whiplash is simply rest. Your neurosurgeon may prescribe you an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or aspirin to help with pain while more serious cases may require muscle relaxants or stronger painkillers.

Apart from using medication sparingly, you can combat your back or neck pain using at-home, conservative treatments.

If the muscles in your neck are tight or knotted after your accident, you can apply local heat therapy to the area to help encourage blood flow to the area. When applying heat, you should first determine which muscles are tight, then heat up that area of your body using a warm water bottle, a heating pad or a heated gel pack onto the affected muscle. Depending on the severity of your strain, you can leave the heat on for 20-30 minutes (minor strain) to up to 2 hours (severe strain).

If your neck injury is considered “fresh”, meaning that it is swollen, red, hot or bruised, apply an ice pack to the area for no more than 20 minutes.

This will help restrict blood flow to the area and help relieve swelling and inflammation pain.

Your spine specialist may also recommend that you visit a chiropractor or a masseuse to help adjust your spine or loosen the muscles surrounding it to help provide some pain relief.

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Conclusion

Rest is typically the best way to help you recover from whiplash but, nevertheless, it may be helpful to visit a spine specialist after undergoing a car accident just to ensure that everything in your spine and neck is without injury.

Symptoms of a more serious spine injury can sometimes take days, even weeks, to fully manifest, but can be caught early through tests and imaging. Even if there isn’t an injury a spinal scan can give you the peace of mind to know that, with time, your pain will very likely decrease.

Have more questions about your spine pain or want to get your neck examined by our neurosurgeon? Just contact us and we’ll help you schedule your initial consultation.

FAQs

How do you describe back pain after a car accident? ›

Burning pain: A searing pain may move down your back and buttocks through the back of one or both legs. It can be a mild ache that goes away quickly or a burning pain that lasts for days. Stiffness: You may not feel as flexible after a car accident as your muscles tense up to protect your body.

How long does back pain after car accident last? ›

How long does back pain last after a car accident? Back Pain usually subsides within six weeks in the majority of auto injury patients. However, the bulk of the pain should reduce within a few days following the injury as the affected soft tissues recover and the inflammation subsides.

What are the 5 steps you should follow if you are involved in a car accident? ›

5 Steps to Take After a Car Accident
  • 1) Call for Help. If you or anyone else involved is injured, call 9-1-1 and ask for help. ...
  • 2) Get Medical Treatment. ...
  • 3) Gather Information & Document Evidence. ...
  • 4) Don't Admit Fault. ...
  • 5) Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Lubbock, Texas.
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What usually hurts after a car accident? ›

Normal pain after a car accident usually includes minor soreness. Commonly, car accident victims experience pain in the neck or back. Even minor whiplash can linger for weeks, making it difficult for you to turn your head or move your neck into certain positions.

How do I know if my back pain is serious? ›

Contact your doctor if your back pain: Persists past a few weeks. Is severe and doesn't improve with rest. Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee.

What helps back pain from accident? ›

4 Ways to Manage Back Pain After a Car Accident
  1. Rest, Ice, and Heat. Rest is vital for the healing of your back injury. ...
  2. Painkillers. Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen will help to reduce inflammation. ...
  3. Gentle Exercise. ...
  4. Massage Therapy.

How do you strengthen your back after a car accident? ›

Eight Exercises To Relieve Back And Neck Pain After An Accident:
  1. Seated Neck Release.
  2. Bird Dog.
  3. Seated Clasping Neck Stretch.
  4. Table Top Leg Press.
  5. Behind The Back Neck Stretch.
  6. Glute Bridge.
  7. Seated Heart Opener.
  8. Dead Bug.
Jun 10, 2019

Why does my lower back hurt after being rear ended? ›

Strains and Sprains: Back strains and sprains are very common after being rear-ended in a car crash. Most strains and sprains can cause muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the lower back to tear or overstretch. This can cause acute low back pain, muscle spasms, and muscle tightness.

What are 3 things you do immediately after a car accident? ›

A. STOP Immediately and move only if it is safe to do so.
  1. Call 911 if there are injuries.
  2. Call the police. ...
  3. Obtain names, addresses, telephone numbers, and driver's license numbers from all drivers.
  4. Obtain license plate(s) and vehicle identification numbers.

What should you do immediately after an accident? ›

The following is a list of the top ten things you should do if you are in an automobile accident:
  1. STOP. Never drive away from the scene of an accident, even a minor one.
  2. PROTECT THE SCENE. ...
  3. CALL THE POLICE. ...
  4. MAKE AN ACCURATE RECORD. ...
  5. TAKE PICTURES. ...
  6. EXCHANGE INFORMATION. ...
  7. REPORT THE ACCIDENT. ...
  8. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.

What should we do after motor accident? ›

  1. Safety First. ...
  2. Do Not Cause Traffic. ...
  3. Insurance and Repairs. ...
  4. Check if anyone is hurt. ...
  5. Make sure to take pictures of the accident. ...
  6. Move your vehicle off to the side of the road if possible. ...
  7. Let the investigator take command of the situation, and institute measures to prevent the accident from getting worse.

What to expect after being rear ended? ›

Many people who have been rear-ended feel pain and soreness after the accident. Your body will likely experience some level of trauma and injury due to the collision that will cause you to feel pain, soreness, or stiffness. Some people feel no pain or soreness at all immediately following a rear-end accident.

What should I watch after a car accident? ›

What Are Common Physical Symptoms After a Car Accident?
  • Headaches (Very Common) Many people experience headaches after a car accident—but not always right away. ...
  • Neck, Shoulder, or Back Pain. ...
  • Bruising. ...
  • Numbness or Tingling. ...
  • Changes in Mood. ...
  • Upset Stomach or Abdominal Pain. ...
  • Swelling. ...
  • Ringing in Your Ears.

What happens to your body after car accident? ›

Since the ribs protect the lungs, the chances of a lung collapsing increase drastically. In addition, the heart is propelled forward with the rest of your torso and can hit the hall of the chest and ribs, bruising the heart. This can lead to large amounts of blood loss or even instant death.

How do I know if my back pain is muscular or spinal? ›

If the pain you feel extends to your arms, forearms, and hands, the source may be your cervical spine. On the other hand, if you feel the pain radiating to your legs, it may be a problem with the lumbar spine.

How do you know if back pain is muscle or disc? ›

Your spinal disc is at the bottom of your back, so if you have pain in your lower back, you may assume it is a slipped disc. Furthermore, the feeling of pain will differ between the two. Muscle pain will feel like post-workout soreness, while disc pain will feel debilitating and tingly.

Which of the following symptoms suggests a more serious cause of back pain? ›

If your back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, head to your closest emergency room because you could be dealing with a more serious condition or injury: Sudden spike in pain, discomfort, weakness or numbness. Loss of bladder function. High fever.

What are the 3 categories of back pain? ›

3 Types of Back Pain and What They Mean
  • Acute Pain. Acute pain, or short-term pain, can last anywhere from a day up to four weeks. ...
  • Subacute Pain. Subacute pain lasts anywhere from four to 12 weeks. ...
  • Chronic Pain. Chronic pain lasts longer than 12 weeks.
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What are the three most common types of back injury? ›

Common Types of Back Injuries
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Herniated or bulging disc.
  • Fractured vertebra.

Should I exercise after car accident? ›

Although resting appears like the best thing to do to heal after an injury, moving the body and exercising it may be the most effective way to expedite recovery. People who are injured from a car accident need to find ways to reduce pain while regaining their flexibility and strength.

Why does my lower back hurt after a car accident? ›

Sprains and strains.

Lumbar spine sprains and strains are another common back injury following a car accident. The force of impact can cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the lower back to overstretch or tear. Sprains and strains usually lead to acute low back pain, tightness and muscle spasms.

How long should you wait to exercise after car accident? ›

Although stretching can be very beneficial after an accident, you should not stretch within the first 72 hours after the crash. Your body needs rest and stretching may cause unnecessary stress on the injured area.

At what speed do airbags deploy in a rear-end collision? ›

Airbag Injuries

Even if you are stopped when you are rear-ended, if the force of the vehicle hitting you from behind brings your speed up to 20 miles per hour and that vehicle pushes you into another car or object, the airbags may deploy.

How long will my back hurt after getting rear ended? ›

Symptoms for muscle strains can last for days to weeks. More serious cases of shifted or fractured spinal vertebrae may occur as a result of a rear end collision. These cases will most certainly require specialized treatment and can take months to years for recovery.

What happens to your body in a rear-end collision? ›

The body snaps back against the seat thanks to the seatbelt. The skull and spine are quickly forced back into the seat. Because nobody in the car is bracing for an accident, the motion is even more violent. As a result, many rear-end collisions lead to internal, soft tissue, and spine injuries.

What should you not say to your insurance company after an accident? ›

Even if you know the accident was your fault, don't say sorry or admit guilt at the scene as your insurer might have a clause about it. Exchange details with the other's involved and get in touch with your insurer to report the incident.

How long does an insurance company have to investigate a claim? ›

Generally, the insurance company has about 30 days to investigate your auto insurance claim, though the number of days vary by state.

How does car insurance work when you are not at fault? ›

If you are involved in an accident and found not to be at fault, the insurance of the responsible party will cover your costs. When you buy a motor insurance policy from an insurance company, you will get an insurance disc and a certificate of insurance.

How do you explain a car accident to insurance? ›

What Information should I Give when Describing my Car Accident? Stick to providing only the facts as you remember them and do not speculate on anything, especially what the other driver was doing at the time of the collision. Never admit fault, even if you suspect you contributed to or caused the accident.

Why car insurance claims can be denied? ›

Insurance claims are often denied if there is a dispute as to fault or liability. Companies will only agree to pay you if there's clear evidence to show that their policyholder is to blame for your injuries. If there is any indication that their policyholder isn't responsible the insurer will deny your claim.

How do car insurance claims work? ›

To make a claim, get a form from your insurer or write to the other driver or their insurer, giving details of the accident and the other driver's policy number. Tell your insurer about any independent witnesses and send them witness statements if you can.

What are the 7 steps to dealing with a car accident? ›

How to Handle a Car Accident in 7 Easy Steps
  1. Move to a safe area (if you can) ...
  2. Stop your vehicle and get out. ...
  3. Check on others involved. ...
  4. Call the police to the scene. ...
  5. Gather info. ...
  6. Document the scene. ...
  7. File your insurance claim.
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What are 3 important tips on filing an auto insurance claim? ›

Gather relevant evidence and documentation
  1. Call the police. ...
  2. Record all accident details. ...
  3. Avoid mistakes that could impair your claim. ...
  4. Open a case. ...
  5. Work with a claims adjuster. ...
  6. File the report before the deadline. ...
  7. Understand fault. ...
  8. Know how long it may take to settle a claim.
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Can a rear end collision cause lower back pain? ›

Strains and Sprains: Back strains and sprains are very common after being rear-ended in a car crash. Most strains and sprains can cause muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the lower back to tear or overstretch. This can cause acute low back pain, muscle spasms, and muscle tightness.

What causes lower back pain after car accident? ›

An accident, especially one in which the torso is strained or twisted, can damage the muscles and nerves, causing weakness and severe pain. Sudden low back pain after a car accident may indicate: Strain, sprain, or tear to muscles and ligaments. Bulging or herniated discs.

What happens physically after a car accident? ›

After trauma to your body from an accident, swelling is very common. You may experience swelling from tissue damage, pulled muscles, sprains (such as whiplash), and more. Swelling can be tricky because it may not reach full effect until hours or days later. When the area swells, it can cause a lot of stiffness or pain.

How long will my back hurt after getting rear-ended? ›

Symptoms for muscle strains can last for days to weeks. More serious cases of shifted or fractured spinal vertebrae may occur as a result of a rear end collision. These cases will most certainly require specialized treatment and can take months to years for recovery.

At what speed do airbags deploy in a rear-end collision? ›

Airbag Injuries

Even if you are stopped when you are rear-ended, if the force of the vehicle hitting you from behind brings your speed up to 20 miles per hour and that vehicle pushes you into another car or object, the airbags may deploy.

How do you strengthen your back after a car accident? ›

Eight Exercises To Relieve Back And Neck Pain After An Accident:
  1. Seated Neck Release.
  2. Bird Dog.
  3. Seated Clasping Neck Stretch.
  4. Table Top Leg Press.
  5. Behind The Back Neck Stretch.
  6. Glute Bridge.
  7. Seated Heart Opener.
  8. Dead Bug.
Jun 10, 2019

How long after a car accident can symptoms appear? ›

Car accident injuries usually manifest themselves immediately, but some may take days or even weeks to appear. In some circumstances, a life-threatening injury could worsen for weeks before a person realizes the issue originated from a recent car accident.

Is it normal to be tired after car accident? ›

Your body will try to take care of itself and begin the healing process, which may cause you to be more tired than normal. However, if this tiredness or extended sleep time lasts for more than a few days after an accident, then it could be a sign of something more serious going on.

Here are a few things you should do if you have back pain after a car accident to get the best medical care for a speedy recovery and to ensure you receive fair compensation:. After a car accident, acute back pain can be caused by mechanical or soft tissue injuries, as well as nerve damage or paralysis from ejected spinal disc fragments.. Symptoms such as back pain, discomfort, or unusual symptoms should be treated seriously after a car accident.. If you suffer back pain after a car accident and, for whatever reason, are unable to see a doctor on the same day, the important thing is to get medical attention as soon as possible.. An expert injury clinic with experience treating injuries sustained in auto collisions is the best choice for treating back pain after a car accident.

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However, back pain after a car accident is common.. Although some back injuries resolve themselves with rest, others cause ongoing discomfort or result in an inability to perform daily activity without pain.. Explore the causes and symptoms of common back injuries from a car accident while learning about potential treatment methods.. An automobile collision can affect the lumbar vertebrae (lower back), thoracic vertebrae (upper back), and cervical vertebrae (neck).. With 33 vertebrae spine bones, 31 nerve roots, and 32 muscles in your neck and back, any damage can have long-lasting effects.. The most common back injuries are to the lumbar spine located in the lower back.. Back pain after a car accident may stem from inflammation, fractures, or compressed nerves.. Burning pain: A searing pain may move down your back and buttocks through the back of one or both legs.. Sharp pain: Changing positions, such as sitting up upon waking or standing up after sitting for a while, can cause a sharp acute pain in your back.. There are many types of common back injuries from an auto accident, with many problems resulting from whiplash.. Back injury symptoms after a car accident can vary greatly, and you may have one or more injury types.. Damage to your spinal discs causes discogenic pain, which is often sharp pains or shooting sensations.. The treatment for back pain after an accident varies by the injury type, location, and severity.. Back pain after a car accident can make it difficult to emotionally and physically recover.

Back pain can be a common symptom after a rear-end accident.. Some of the most common back injuries in rear-end accidents include:. While spinal stenosis can result from aging, car accidents can cause injuries directly leading to spinal stenosis.. Muscle strains and sprains and other soft-tissue injuries of the back are common vehicle accident injuries.. While there is no average settlement amount for a back injury, compensation will depend on your type of injury, amount of medical bills, and other damages.. When you were involved in a rear-end accident and developed back pain, your vital next step should be visiting a doctor as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis.. Visiting a doctor who can diagnose your injuries and offer specific treatment is crucial for the treatment of a rear-end back injury.. Taking time off work and resting can help to heal car accident back injuries.

Often, back pain does not show up at the scene of the accident.. If you denied having injuries at the scene or refused medical treatment, it may be challenging to link your back pain to your accident.. This is why it is important to visit the doctor or emergency room as soon as you experience discomfort and to make sure your doctor includes the date of the car accident in your medical history.. Because of the delay in diagnosis and treatment, he also suffered complications and will not have an optimal recuperation.. He immediately went to the emergency room, underwent a thorough medical evaluation, and received a dislocated vertebra diagnosis.. His medical records clearly linked the back injury to the car accident.. The insurance company did not fight Bernard’s lawyer on their claim and he received full compensation for his injuries.. If you do not follow your doctor’s orders to mitigate your back injury, the insurance company may refuse to pay the full amount of your damages .. By way of example, Mary suffered a back injury in a car accident.. After the initial medical procedure to treat the back injury, Mary’s doctor sent her to physical therapy.. The insurance company refused to pay for the physical therapy because Mary had already settled her damages claim with them.. This report may help you recover damages for your back injury by providing another piece of evidence linking your injury to the car accident.. In this case, Tim’s receives 20% less in damages—totaling to $8,000—due to his own negligence.. A car accident lawyer can help you with all aspects of your case, including filing your accident report with the state.

They often occur at the worst times, and accident victims never feel right after the impact of a motor vehicle accident.. Here are a few common injuries that cause back pain:. Whiplash is the most common neck injury that occurs in car wrecks.. Your recovery time will depend on the severity of the injury and how soon you seek treatment.. The most severe back injuries involve damage to the spinal cord.. An accident doctor like a chiropractor will diagnose your back pain and design a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.. Ice and heat therapy can also help reduce back pain.. Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors treat the "whole person"—not just your back pain.. It's essential to maintain muscle strength if you have a back injury because strong muscles support your spine to reduce long-term back pain.. The chiropractors at Florida Spine and Injury get accident victims suffering from back pain the medical attention they need.. Our treatment plans will treat pain in your entire body and help ensure you don't develop chronic conditions after your wreck.

Our law office represents hundreds of victims every year who have suffered back pain — typically low back pain — from a car accident.. But of all the cases we see, back injuries and the subsequent pain are common consequences of car collisions.. If you were involved in a car accident, you may have wondered what caused your lower back pain.. Because of the physiology of the back and the proximity of the thirty-one pairs of nerves known as spinal cord, lower back injuries can lead to nerve damage and paralysis.. Another common condition of the back is spinal stenosis, where a ruptured disc or bone fragment enters the spinal canal space, applying pressure to the nerves or spinal cord, which can lead to severe pain.. Frequently, sufferers of facet joints injuries can cause muscle spasms, which may force the spine out of alignment causing back and neck pain.. In general, it is fair to say that preexisting injuries like spondylosis tend to get lower jury verdicts than acute back injuries from a crash.. Back injuries, whether discogenic or facet joint, can be challenging to diagnose because symptoms for both types of injuries can be very similar.. What you have to know about back injuries is that if you had the top ten orthopedic doctors in the world examining you a few weeks after an accident, they would have no idea of what the course of your injuries will be.. Treatment for low back pain depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic.. There are several common nontraditional treatments for lower back pain including acupuncture, biofeedback, and yoga.. Similarly, yoga has also become a common treatment for lower back pain, and practitioners believe some yoga poses can address both the symptoms and causes of lower back pain.. Two surgeries used to treat back injuries suffered during car collisions are discectomy and laminectomy.. However, the man’s neck and back pain returned after four months.. If you have been injured in a car collision and have suffered a lower back injury, you need a car accident lawyer in Baltimore to help you to get the compensation you deserve.

More than 2.5 million serious injuries occur from car accidents every year, and the most common of those injuries involve the back.. In general, the back is made up of the vertebrae, the spinal cord, and two compartments of muscles.. A sprain in the lumbar region (lower back) stretches the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in the back excessively.. The most common methods for treating back pain as recommended by doctors usually involve physical therapy and possibly medication.. Medications can be an option to help alleviate the pain you’re experiencing due to your back injury.. Some types of medication your doctor may recommend include:. The most commonly performed back surgeries include:. Consulting with a medical professional about any injury is very important, especially when it involves your back.. Spinal Twist: To do this you need to lay flat on your back with your arms stretching out into a “T” position.. Applying ice to an injury is a long-practiced method that can help you see results.. Ice helps control inflammation which causes pain in the injured area.. Seeking treatment from a chiropractor can be a great option if you have sustained a back injury and some people have more relief from chiropractic care than physical therapy.

When considering the causes of lower back pain, lower back pain after car accident does not immediately spring to mind.. It is challenging to separate how many of each injury occurred, but you can assume that, based on reported back pain statistics and the physics of a car crash, many of the injuries were related to lower back pain after car accident.. Facet joint injuries occur most often in the cervical and lumbar spine, causing neck pain after car accident (or lower back pain after car accident).. Muscular injuries are very common cause of lower back pain after car accident, especially if the injured person has tensed their body in anticipation of the accident.. Delayed back pain after car accident can include lower back pain after being rear-ended, middle back pain after car accident, or upper back pain after car accident.

You don’t always feel it right after the impact of a car crash or work accident.. Delayed onset back pain after an auto accident is common and could be a symptom of a spinal injury , herniated disc or a soft tissue injury.. This is why it’s important to seek medical care even if you don’t feel injured.. We commonly use the term “back pain” to describe a whole host of injuries that may cause pain in your neck and/or back.. Whiplash is by far the most common neck injury, with more than 3 million new cases reported each year.. Degenerative spinal disorder is a group of conditions that describe when 1 or more of the discs situated between the vertebrae is damaged, torn, pinched or deteriorated, resulting in significant back pain.. Treatment for degenerative disc disorders varies depending on the exact condition, ranging from non-surgical treatments such as pain medication, steroids, heat/ice therapy and electrical shock to surgical treatments such as disc removal (discectomy) and spinal fusion.. Play Video: Q & A – Causes of Workplace Back Injuries Your back and neck, which encompasses your spine, is a complex network of muscles, ligaments, tendons and 33 individual bones called “vertebrae.” The vertebrae in the spine are broken into 4 distinct regions:. The cervical region of the spine encompasses the top 7 vertebrae that form the neck.. The thoracic region of the spine is the 12 vertebrae that make up your upper back.. Thoracic spine injuries are usually quite serious since this region of the spine connects to your ribs and chest, which protects your vital organs.. The lower back is known as the lumbar region of your spine and is made up of 5 vertebrae.. After being hurt in a car accident that occurred while working, you’ll want to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits by reporting the accident to your employer immediately.

Having pain after a car accident is normal, but delayed pain might mask the symptoms of severe injuries, so it's crucial to see a doctor after a car crash or whenever the pain develops.. Even if a car accident victim feels okay afterward, they should still see a medical professional to ensure that they haven't sustained hidden injuries, such as neck injuries and head injuries.. If someone is struggling with issues of pain after an accident, it's time to learn more about the most common injuries that might include other symptoms.. The trauma experienced during car accidents is the leading cause of pain after a car accident.. Many people have delayed injuries from car accidents every day.. While delayed symptoms often come with physical injuries, it's crucial to understand that car accident injuries could be emotional.. Overall, they are delayed injuries that happen days after the car accident.. Back pain after experiencing a car accident could indicate severe injuries to the vertebrae, muscles, and spinal discs.. Typically, a back injury like a herniated disc puts more pressure on the person's surrounding nerves, alerting the victim of the injury many days after the car accident happened.. Typical symptoms of a spinal injury or back injury include:. Along with a spinal injury, people could experience a traumatic brain injury, which happens when the brain is moved around in the skull.

Even a relatively minor car accident can cause back injuries because our backs can't safely absorb the immense force of a crash.. These are some of the most common injuries people get in car accidents that are likely to cause back pain:. Spinal cord injuries are the worst type of back injury.. A car accident can strain or sprain the muscles of the lumbar spine, causing lower back pain, swelling, and bruising and limiting the car accident victim's ability to move.. Injuries to the thoracic spine are often the most severe back injuries.. Spinal cord injuries caused by car crashes are the most serious back injuries.. Treatments for back injuries depend on the type and severity of the injuries.

The most common cause of back pain after a car accident is due to soft tissue injuries which includes strains and sprains.. If you have back pain after a car crash, or any other back injury caused by trauma, your first thought should be to see a doctor.. If you are in pain or have questions about back injuries after a car accident, talk to an experienced injury attorney today.. Medical centers that specialize in car accidents are often the best option for people who have back pain from a car accident as these are facilities that have extensive experience dealing with car accident back injuries.. The exact time frame varies depending on how severe your injury was, what type of care you received (if any), whether or not there are other injuries in addition to back pain from the car accident, age, gender etc which will all affect healing timescales.

Car accident injuries to the back are often the result of the force of the crash.. Spinal cord injuries Lumbar spine sprains and strains Spinal stenosis Spinal cord herniation Degenerative spinal disorders Facet joint injuries Whiplash. Discogenic pain is a type of low back pain that arises from inflammation, damaged discs, and injuries of or adjacent to the spinal cord.. Spinal injuries to the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) regions can include:. Pain medication, physical therapy, and exercise regimens are the standard treatments for whiplash and neck injuries.. Soft tissue injuries are also common in car accidents and can include back strains and sprains, contusions, concussions, and lacerations.. If you’ve been in a car accident, you may not realize you’ve sustained a back injury until long after the fact.. Be sure not to dismiss any symptom as too small because many of the most common car accident-related back injuries can exist quietly at first and without symptoms.. Treatments for back injuries caused by car accidents vary because there are many different types of injuries.. There are other means by which doctors and healthcare practitioners can help car accident victims heal from a back injury.. Physical therapy is an important part of healing from a car accident back injury.

If you’re experiencing delayed back pain after a car accident , here’s the information you need to understand more about your injury and what your options are.. After all, back pain after an accident can sometimes indicate the presence of spinal cord damage that may even cause paralysis or other complicated medical issues.. While acute low-back injuries are generally caused by car accidents, there are actually several types of injuries you might experience in the immediate aftermath of your collision.. Discogenic pain Spinal cord injuries Lumbar spine sprains and strains Spinal stenosis Spinal cord herniation Degenerative spinal disorders Facet joint injuries Whiplash Soft tissue injuries. A disc herniation occurs when the cushions between your spinal vertebrae become ruptured or leak and can affect your spinal nerves causing pain in the arms and legs, weakness, and tingling (much like spinal stenosis).. Soft tissue injuries are also common in car accidents and can include back strains and sprains, contusions, concussions, and lacerations.. Treatment for back injuries caused by a car accident will vary depending on the type of injury.. If you have a back injury, working with a car accident injury lawyer to help you through this process will make things much easier.

We were in a terrible accident and Stridewell got us in to see their PA in 48 hours.. My husband, me and my daughter all at one time.. I highly recommend Jaclyn, the staff and Stridewell.. ~ Nicole I thoroughly appreciate the professional care that I have received here .. However, the bulk of the pain should reduce within a few days following the injury as the affected soft tissues recover and the inflammation subsides.. As a result of this motion, injuries to the spinal discs, facet joints, and bone structure may occur, depending on the event’s severity.. A strain is a condition that affects your back’s tendons, which link bones to muscles.. Discs can move and squeeze nerves during a vehicle collision, resulting in a herniated disc.. Damaged facet joints, on the other hand, cause pain by interfering with your nerves.. Whiplash injury is one of the most typical injuries caused by vehicle accidents.. You may be prescribed stronger prescription medications once your back problem has been professionally examined.. Severe injuries, such as broken bones, neck injuries, spinal injuries, thoracic injuries, or head trauma, require immediate evaluation and treatment.. Accident injuries may be unnoticed just after an accident, but they can develop into chronic pain.. In addition, it is recommended that you get medical attention from an auto vehicle accident doctor if you suffer persistent lower back pain.

To minimize the impact car accident back pain has on your life, it is important that you take steps immediately after the crash to begin your recovery, such as by seeking an evaluation and treatment from an auto accident injury doctor.. A car accident can injure you in several ways, but some of the most common reasons for back pain after car accident are as follows:. The result is pain throughout the neck and back, numbness and tingling in the arms, neck stiffness, and dizziness.. Spinal Disc Injury: The spine consists of 23 spinal discs, each of which provides cushion for the vertebrae and absorbs much of the pressure that the spine experiences.. An experienced auto accident doctor can identify the reason for your car accident back pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.. Simply walking for 15 to 20 minutes a day can strengthen your back muscles and joints, prevent stiffness, and reduce swelling and inflammation.. Physical therapy can help you restore your back strength and improve your range of motion following a back injury.. Though not a long-term solution, your doctor may prescribe you over-the-counter pain relievers for back pain after a car accident.. As your pain goes down and your levels of physical activity go up, you may also find that you feel more emotionally well as well.. Though treatment from your primary care physician is better than no treatment at all, you will, ideally, seek care from a doctor who has specialized knowledge in car accident back pain and related injuries.

Car accidents can damage several areas of the body, especially your neck and back.. These pains can occur to either the spinal discs or the facet joints .. Some of the long-term symptoms include the following: pain in the upper and lower back regions, severe headaches, blurry vision, constant fatigue, jaw pain, irritability, travel anxiety, ringing in the ears, and sometimes sudden numbness in the arms or legs.. That discomfort, uneasiness, and pain you feel in your back and neck regions after a car accident is called a discogenic pain .. When we have discogenic pain, these spinal discs will either gradually deteriorate over time through age, or it’s because of the result of a sudden trauma (e.g., car crash).. To properly diagnose the pain felt in the lower back after a vehicular accident, it’s essential to seek the aid of a skilled medical practitioner.. The most common symptom relating to pain or damage found in the facet joints consist of unwanted muscle spasms .. Don’t confuse the symptoms of facet joint injuries with issues to the spinal discs.. How to Diagnose Facet Joint Injuries From Car Accidents. How to Treat Facet Joint Pain From Car Accidents. Perhaps the most common injury that can take place to your muscles after a car accident is known as a soft tissue injury.. If you feel any muscle weakness, sudden pains, or any discomfort after a car accident, always seek immediate medical attention.. Knowing the cause of neck and back pains after car accidents is half the battle, but you shouldn’t stop there.

However, if you don't receive prompt medical treatment for back injuries and other common injuries after car accidents, you can suffer from chronic pain and other complications.. Back injuries, neck injuries, and various other injuries are often noticed in head-on, rear, and side-impact collisions, but even minor incidents can impact your back and mobility.. Sharp pain: After an accident, even typical movements like getting out of bed or standing up after sitting for a while can cause sharp acute pain in your back.. Back and spinal injuries can affect your overall quality of life, and car accidents can lead to various back injuries.. It's important to retain muscle strength, especially with back injuries, as strong muscles support your spine to reduce long-term back pain.. If you are suffering from back pain after a car accident, it's in your best interest to visit a car accident doctor right away.. Car Wreck Doctor connects accident victims with professional accident chiropractors that can help you if you're suffering from back pain and injuries after your crash.

Many instances of back pain are the result of common, everyday movements that affect the different components in your back.. It is important to understand that back pain, particularly back pain that develops following a car accident, can lead to severe and permanent injuries.. If you are experiencing back pain after a car accident, you should undergo a physical examination with a medical professional to determine the cause of your pain and receive the appropriate treatment.. Generally, most back pain occurs in the lumbar spine (lower back) which supports the weight of the upper body and consists of larger vertebrae that are meant to absorb the stress of carrying heavy weight.. Each of these components of the back should be considered and examined when a patient experiences back pain following an auto accident.. Depending on the severity of the accident, the reason for back pain can be as mild as a muscle strain or as severe as a herniated disc .. Back pain following a car accident can be indicative of a many different types of injuries, some of the most common include:. If you are experiencing back pain after a car accident, it is important to remember that back pain can have many different causes.

Back pain is one of the most common injuries sustained in Miami car accidents.. At Morgan & Morgan, we have a team of attorneys in Miami who are skilled in handling back pain and/or car accident claims.. In the chaos, you may not even realize that you are suffering from back pain or a more serious injury.. If you are able to document the injury and get it on record, you can prove that your back pain was directly caused by the driver at fault for the accident.. It’s true that back pain may be a symptom of a wide range of injuries.. Of course, most back pain is related to a muscle injury.. But it is possible for a joint injury to cause pain, especially in the lower back.. Only a doctor will be able to tell you if your back pain is caused by a joint injury.. Because whiplash is the most common injury experienced by car accident victims, this is likely the cause of your back pain.. We mentioned that back pain is often a delayed symptom of a car accident.

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