No one ever wants to be in a car accident, but statistically every driver could experience from one to four accidents in their lifetime. Car accidents are costly and can cause severe injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries are to the neck and back. Here are the four most common neck and back injuries.
The neck and shoulders have a complex network of muscles. When you see an accident coming and you are unable to avoid it, your body tenses and those muscles tense as well. A tensed muscle has less give than a relaxed muscle, which makes soft tissue damage much more likely even if you do not strike an object.
Whiplash is probably the most commonly known neck and back injury resulting from auto accidents. Whiplash occurs because your upper body is slammed forward and back again with the impact, but your lower back and lower body are rooted firmly in the seat by the seat belt.
The spine is made of vertebrae cushioned by discs that are hard on the outside and soft on the inside. When a disc is put under too much pressure, such as from the slamming forward motion that happens in most car accidents, the exterior of the disc can crack, causing the soft interior to leak out. This can pinch nerves and cause a tremendous amount of pain.
Dislocated or Fractured Vertebrae
Vertebrae are fairly resilient. But with the whipping motion of a car wreck, they can be easily pushed out of place. Dislocated vertebrae are usually resolved with chiropractic care. But if it is found that one of the vertebrae is actually fractured, it could lead to more involved treatment.
All of these injuries require extensive medical care and physical therapy to completely heal. It is important that you are compensated for all of your related medical costs, even if the medical treatment will be ongoing past the point of the settlement. To get the compensation you deserve, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.