What are the Most Common Back Injuries After a Car Accident?
Of the most common injuries we face as personal injury lawyers, are spine injuries.
The human spine is divided into three main areas, each with its own unique characteristics and functions.
The Cervical Spine
The cervical spine is the uppermost section of the spine, consisting of the first seven vertebrae that support the head and neck. This part of the spine is highly mobile, allowing for a wide range of movements, such as turning the head from side to side, nodding, and tilting the head.
The Thoracic Spine
The thoracic spine is the middle section of the spine, consisting of 12 vertebrae that connect to the ribcage and provide stability and protection to the internal organs. This part of the spine is less mobile than the cervical spine, as its primary function is to support the weight of the upper body.
The Lumbar Spine
The lumbar spine is the lower section of the spine, consisting of the five largest and strongest vertebrae that support the weight of the upper body and enable movements such as bending and twisting. The lumbar spine is the most common area of the spine to be injured, as it bears the greatest amount of weight and stress.
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Each section of the spine plays a vital role in supporting the body and enabling movement, and injuries or conditions that affect any of these areas can have a significant impact on a person's overall health and well-being.
There are several types of back injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident, but some of the most common include:
This is a common injury that occurs when the head and neck are suddenly and forcefully jerked forward and backward, causing strain or sprain to the soft tissues of the neck and upper back.
A herniated disc occurs when one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual vertebrae in your spine is pushed out of position and irritates nearby nerves.
A spinal fracture occurs when one or more of the vertebrae in the spine are broken or fractured, which can cause severe pain and lead to long-term complications.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is damaged or severed, which can result in partial or complete paralysis.
Soft Tissue Injuries:
Soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains, and contusions to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the back.
It is common knowledge amongst doctors that sometimes the symptoms of back injuries may not be immediately apparent after a car accident and can sometimes take days to develop. If you experience any symptoms of back pain or discomfort after a car accident, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further complications.
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