Back Pain Injuries from Accidents
Car accidents are a common cause of back injury. The sudden jolt from the collision forces the body to accept a lot of energy in a very short period of time, which can injure the spine or neck.
If you are in a car crash and you have neck or back pain, don’t move—wait for the ambulance. If you experience severe pain, numbness in your arms or legs, or loss of bowel or bladder function, tell the emergency responders; these could be signs of a serious injury and must be checked by a doctor.
Although collisions may cause fractures (breaks in the bone), it is much more common for them to cause damage to soft tissues—muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Sometimes it can be difficult for doctors to determine the exact nature of a soft tissue injury, because soft tissue damage doesn’t show up well on imaging tests, so x-rays and other tests may appear normal even when damage has been done.