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5 common types of back injuries from car accidents

Car accidents are common on the road, and unfortunately, they can often result in serious back injuries. These injuries can significantly impact your physical, emotional and financial well-being.

Below are five types of back injuries that can result from car accidents:

1. Herniated disc

This type of injury may occur when the soft center of your spinal disc ruptures through a crack in the outer layer. In a car accident, the sudden impact can cause the discs to move out of place, resulting in severe pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.

2. Spinal fractures

Spinal fractures can occur in car accidents when the impact force is strong enough. These fractures can be serious and may require surgery, physical therapy and long-term medical care. Symptoms of a spinal fracture may include severe pain, loss of sensation and difficulty moving.

3. Spinal cord injuries

These occur when the spinal cord, or nerve bundle, is damaged in a car accident. This can result in loss of sensation, paralysis and even death. Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering and require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing care.

4. Sprains and strains

This type of injury may occur when the ligaments and muscles in the back are stretched or torn. Usually, these injuries can cause significant pain and may require rest, physical therapy and other treatments to heal properly.

5. Facet joint injuries

The facet joints are the small joints between each vertebra in the spine. In a car accident, the force of the impact can cause these joints to become damaged. This may result in pain and limited mobility. 

Back injuries are a common result of car accidents, and they can have a significant impact on a person’s life. If you have suffered a back injury in a car accident, consider seeking compensation for damages to help cover hospital and medical expenses.