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Back injuries resulting from car crashes

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2023 | Car Accidents

Florida drivers recognize that motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of back injuries. The sudden impact of a vehicle on a vehicle or pedestrian causes the body to jerk, resulting in injuries such as whiplash, spinal fractures, sprains, and strains. Many injured persons will recover quickly with rest, ice, or heat packs and a pain reliever if needed.

Seeking medical attention after a motor vehicle accident is vital so doctors can assess your injuries with X-rays, MRIs, or other screenings. Minor pain symptoms can develop into serious injury when left unchecked. It’s important to note that in Florida, you have 14 days to get care and be covered under your PIP insurance.

Causes of back injuries in an MVA

In addition to sudden impact injuries, whiplash, seatbelts, and other restraints cause back injuries such as herniated discs, nerve impingement, spondylolisthesis, and numerous other serious injuries. Soft tissue tears and dislocated joints can result in long-term pain, discomfort and disability.

Nerve injuries in the back include pain and numbness in the neck, shoulders and upper back. The sciatic nerve, when injured, can result in back pain that shoots down the leg and causes the most pain in the lower back. These motor vehicle accident injuries result when the spine and connecting bones and tissues are twisted or shifted out of place.

What to do about back pain after an MVA

After a vehicle accident, getting to safety is primary. The initial shock might cover the pain, and you might not immediately realize your injuries. Get medical help and travel by ambulance when necessary. Limit movement if you have severe pain, and remain calm.

Keeping all appointments, including physical therapy, is vital after your accident. Also, keep notes from the accident and each doctor’s visit so that they can share the most accurate and current information regarding your care.