Not to be cliché, but the spine is quite literally the backbone of our entire body. While it is a very complex part of the body – being the foundation of both the musculoskeletal and the central nervous systems – the spine is actually pretty fragile and exposed to trauma.
The spine does not take very much force before being compromised, and that can lead to very serious injuries, paralysis or death. Recent statistics note that spine-based injuries make up about 40 percent of all injuries suffered in car accidents, by far the most for any body part. It is a little secret that neck and back injuries are common in car accidents, so let’s take a look at a couple of the most common injuries.
The Backbone of Car Accident Injuries
There are two main kinds of spine-based injuries that result from the lion’s share of auto accidents, and thus are the main injuries that are sought for compensation in many auto-accident cases.
A Pain in the Neck
While there may be actual damage to the structure of the spine in the more severe auto accidents, most accidents will result in some kind of neck pain from a common effect known as whiplash. Most neck pain is damage to tendons, ligaments, and muscles around the neck and shoulder area, as the head bounces forward an back and puts strain on those muscles to keep the head from popping off the body. Pain can occur even if there is no structural damage to the neck, and the pain can be so severe as to keep people out of work or force them to wear neck braces for a period of time to ensure the tendons and ligaments heal.
Back It Up
The lower back, also called the lumbar region, is also another prominent source of pain and structural injuries to the spine. Lumbar injuries are those to the muscles and tendons around the spine and will often present pain that will last for several days or weeks. The tailbone can suffer injury due to the force of an auto accident possibly breaking the bone or causing a herniated disc in the lower region of the spine. A violent crash may break the vertebrae of the lower back and threaten the spinal cord, which may cause numbness or paralysis in the lower extremities.
Because of adrenaline that flows in the aftermath of an auto accident, it is possible to have injuries that you may not feel for several hours to a couple of days after the accident. It is always prudent to get checked by medical personnel as soon as possible after an accident to determine the extent of your injuries. After that, consult with one of our personal-injury attorneys to discuss your accident, your injuries and start the process to protect your right to live your life healthy and to seek fair compensation for your injuries.