Back Injuries

Lower Back Injuries

Your back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis. Back injuries can result from the sudden jolt of an auto accident.

The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain. Common back injuries include sprains and strains, herniated disks and fractured vertebrae.These injuries can cause pain and limit your movement.

Soft tissue injuries (injuries to muscles, ligaments, and discs) caused by auto accidents can be very deceiving. Soft tissue injuries heal with scar tissue and don’t always cause pain immediately, but the damage done to your spine can lead to the following problems: Recurring headaches, neck pain and stiffness, numbness, tingling, pain in the arms or hands, chronic muscle tension, muscle spasms, lower back pain, spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, poor posture, and many others.

When you are injured in an auto accident, your body will compensate for your injury by trying to guard it. This puts pressure on other parts of your body to help stabilize your spine and keep you upright as much as possible. This pressure is the tightening of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments opposite the injured area, which pulls the joints of the spine out of alignment and puts painful pressure on the nerves in your back and neck. If not treated properly, this frequently causes a “domino effect” that leads to progressive musculoskeletal imbalance as well as the associated arthritic complications.