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

Car accidents are always stressful, but some accidents can lead to distinct types of neck and lower back pain. In fact, neck and lower back pain are very common in car accidents due to the forces involved and how people sit in automobile seats.

With the help of your California car accident lawyer, you may be able to acquire compensation for your neck and lower back pain or injuries after a successful lawsuit. This page will break down where the neck and lower back pain comes from after a car accident so you know what to expect and what to tell your legal representative.

Neck and Lower Back Injuries from Car Accidents

The force of car accidents can be very damaging to the neck and spine: two vital areas of the body. The neck is a little weaker and more vulnerable than other areas because it’s thin and extends from the torso. The spine, meanwhile, is crucial so your brain can send nerve signals to your limbs and organs and vice versa.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, neck and lower back pain can range from minor to extremely painful. 

Disc Injuries

The spine is made up of several disks that cushion the spinal cord and nerves. However, a car accident could cause one or more spinal discs to herniate, leading the gel-like fluid within the discs to protrude through the outer shell. If you feel very intense back pain, it may be due to disc herniation or other disc-related injuries.

Spinal Stenosis

“Stenosis” means that your bone channel that houses your spinal cord and nerves has been narrowed. During a car accident, you may experience pain throughout your spinal area due to spinal stenosis if a bone fragment or disc has ruptured and started to invade the spinal canal. This type of injury is quite serious and should be looked at by a medical professional ASAP.

Lumbar Sprains

The lumbar or lower region of the back may experience pain if excessive force is pressed on that area during a car crash. In a car accident, the ligaments and tendons in the lumbar spine could stretch too much to protect the spinal cord. This may lead to a sprain/strain. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be treated with therapy or a brace after diagnosis by a medical professional.


Whiplash can occur to the neck and/or spine when your neck moves back and forth rapidly while your torso stays still. The excessive force included in many car accidents can cause muscle straining or damage to neck discs and nerves, leading to long-term and moderate-to-intense neck pain.

Further Spinal Cord Injuries

You might also experience neck and lower back pain after a car accident due to further injuries, like joint injuries, ruptured discs, and more. If you are experiencing neck or lower back pain due to a car accident, contact personal injury attorneys today – they may be able to help you file a lawsuit and get the compensation you need for medical bills.

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