It’s said that up to a third of Americans suffer from some form of back pain. Getting involved in a car accident can be one of the causes of idiopathic back pain whose roots can be identified as some kind of injury to an area of the spinal column as well as surrounding structures.
Back pain after a car accident is not only debilitating, but it will also require a lot of treatment in the form of surgery, medication and physical therapy. Given the prognosis for these kinds of injuries, you may be looking at treatment which will need to be continued for 3 years or more. This costs a lot of money, and isn’t something you should have to foot if the accident wasn’t your fault.
Back pain which doesn’t go away is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong somewhere. If you ignore it, you may have to face serious consequences down the line such as permanent nerve damage, scoliosis, and even paralysis. This is one of the reasons why you should get your back pain checked out immediately after an accident.
Why You Should See a Doctor for Your Back Pain
Another reason why you should have a doctor examine your back pain post-accident is due to legal reasons. If you are planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit, you will need medical records which prove that you were indeed injured and that your back suffered and shows signs of injury as a result. This is treated via painkillers, morphine injections and more, all of which will need a prescription. It is this documentation which will stop insurance companies from throwing out or trying to lowball you when you present your claim to them.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of back pain after an accident:
- Compression fractures – these are due to your spinal column moving up and down during an accident. Your spinal column can only take so much movement; remember that your vertebrae are tightly packed inside this column with little to no space when it comes to vertical movement so any extreme pulling forces will almost always lead to a fracture.
- Soft tissue trauma and bruising – this is usually due to the twisting and pulling of muscle groups that support your backbone. If you get thrown about your car in an accident, your back and its muscles will move in various directions, and sometimes, opposite of each other. This will easily lead to tears, bruising and even snapping in extreme cases
- Herniated disks – these disks are soft cartilage which ensure that your bones don’t touch each other in the spinal column. Should you experience large forces during an accident, one of these cartilages may move and just out of place, creating a swelling around this area of your spine.
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Spinal injuries require immediate treatment since you rely on this organ for movement and upright posture. The spinal column also contains a network of nerves which receive messages from the brain before disseminating them to other parts of the body. Damage to these nerves can have catastrophic consequences. We would like to invite you to get in touch with us so we can help you sue for money damages which will go a long way in paying for your treatment and rehabilitation as well as reimburse you for any lost wages you may have incurred. Please call us today on 877-561-3004 for your free, confidential and timely consultation. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you.