We all know that even mild back pain can be unbearable and effect the way you live your daily life. If you’re experiencing any kind of back pain – mild, moderate or severe – following an auto accident, you need to get it looked at as soon as possible to prevent possible chronic pain in the future.
Your neck and back are of the most complicated systems in your body. Back pain that occurs after an accident can be a result of injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back, or even damage to the vertebrae. Even if you were involved in a low-impact car accident, you should seek medical attention right away.
The most common back injuries are:
- Whiplash: Force from sudden impact pushes your head backward, then forward, much like the cracking of a whip
- Spinal Fractures: During impact, the upper body may be thrown forward, while the lower half of the body is kept in place by the seatbelt. This can tear the vertebrae, causing a spinal fracture
- Spondylolisthesis: Occurs when a vertebra shifts out of place due to a stress fracture in the bone
- Disc Herniation: This occurs when a disk’s soft center pushes through a small crack in the exterior, irritating the surrounding nerves
If you are experiencing even mild back pain following an auto accident, you should seek medical attention immediately to get your injury examined, diagnosed and documented.
At First Health Medical Center we specialize in personal injury rehabilitation for treatment for automobile accidents, sports injuries or work-related pain. Our experienced, specialized doctors can evaluate your pain and provide a treatment plan that fits your unique needs. Plus, if your injury is the result of an auto accident or personal injury, we are experienced in filing the necessary paperwork and insurance requirements.