neck pain after a car accident

What’s Causing Neck and Lower Back Pain After a Car Accident?

California roadways are some of the busiest in the nation. While the majority of drivers on the road remain focused and attentive, many are reckless and negligent. Encountering a negligent driver may result in a major crash or a mild fender bender, at least. 

If you are involved in a car accident, you should be aware that the sudden jolting and jerking in a car collision can result in significant neck and back injuries. California personal injury attorneys advise that knowing what’s causing neck and lower back pain after a car accident can help you be aware of symptoms and seek immediate treatment for your injuries.  

How Does a Car Accident Cause Neck and Back Pain?

Car accidents generally involve collision at a speed and force strong enough to jolt and toss vehicle occupants back and forth in abrupt jerking motions. While the human body can withstand many abuses, the force of a vehicle collision can significantly affect spinal alignment, bone structure, and muscle integrity. 

What Types of Neck and Lower Spine Injuries are Common After a Car Accident?

The neck and back are very susceptible to extreme changes in inertia. The sudden force and burst of pressure exerted on the neck and spine in a car accident often result in soft tissue damage, lumbar strain, and spinal cord injury. 

Commonly known as whiplash, the forward and backward thrusting of the head and neck, while the rest of the body remains still is one of the most prevalent causes of head, neck, and lower back pain. Whiplash can cause rips and tears to the soft tissue of the brain and neck, and lasting damage to discs and nerves in the neck and back. 

Whiplash injuries to the neck and spine include:

Brain Injury: Brain injuries such as concussions and lasting headaches are among the most common resulting from whiplash in an auto accident. The symptoms and effects of these injuries can range from moderate to severe and short-term to life-long suffering.  

Lumbar Strain: The excessive force of pressure from a car accident on the lower back often results in lumbar strain. Lumbar strain is a stretching of ligaments, muscles, and tendons beyond their normal range of motion. Lumbar strain can be excruciatingly painful and limit a person in their ability to perform even simple physical movements. 

Herniated Discs: Herniated discs often occur in the neck and lower back region of the spine following vehicle accidents. A herniated disc results when the soft, gel-like sac cushioning the space between discs is pushed out from its outer shell, creating extreme pain in the spine.  

Dislocated Joints: When the spine is forced out of alignment, joints may become sprained or dislocated. A dislocated joint is often readily apparent as it generally swells, restricts movement, or is visibly displaced from its normal position,  

Spinal Stenosis: Violent car crashes may severely damage the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs when the channel holding the spinal cord and nerves comes under pressure, generally from a ruptured disc or bone fragment impinging on the space. When the spinal cord and nerves are compromised, there is a risk of permanent physical damage, including paralysis. 

How California Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You

Car crashes result in injuries to the spine and neck that remain silent for months or years following the incident. Whether you feel the pain of an injury immediately following a crash or not, it’s highly recommended to see both a medical doctor and an experienced personal injury attorney.

California personal injury attorneys stress the importance of a thorough medical exam following a car accident.  Neck and lower back injuries can greatly impact your quality of life and require ongoing medical treatment. This can place a significant strain on your financial resources. If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence in a car crash, you might be entitled to monetary damages.

Contact our office today to learn more about neck and lower back injuries following car accidents and whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Let our legal team work on your behalf while you focus on healing and recovery.