If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know that the adrenaline starts flowing immediately. In the moments following the crash, you might not feel any pain at all. But when the dust settles and the adrenaline fades, injuries — sometimes serious ones — can creep up.
One common injury that can show itself days – even weeks – after a crash is a back injury. Back pain is often reported after rear-end crashes and side-impact collisions. These injuries can come even if the accident was minor: you don’t have to have been hit by a Mack truck or a vehicle going fast in order to injure your back.
Common car accident-related back injuries include:
- Sprains – This is the stretching or tearing of ligaments in your back
- Strains – This is an injury to your back muscle or tendon
- Herniated discs – This is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions that are placed between the individual vertebrae that stack to make up your spine.
- Damage to the vertebrae
- Sciatica – This is back pain caused by the sciatic nerve. When pressed or injured, it can cause radiating pain and/or tingling in your lower back, hips, buttocks and legs.
- Thoracic spine injuries – These are often considered the most serious kinds of back injuries, as the thoracic spine connects to your ribs and chest region.
- Lumbar spine injuries – This is the area of the back that stabilizes your spine, so injuries to this region can often be extremely painful.
What do you do if you feel back pain after an accident?
If you start to develop back pain after a crash, take these steps:
- Call your doctor immediately. Your back health depends on it.
- Schedule a consultation with a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney.
- Do not sign anything from your insurance company, or the other party’s insurance company, before speaking with an attorney.
- Consider a visit to a chiropractor for further evaluation.
With such a long list of potential back injuries after a crash, there’s no reason to wait to see a doctor and call an experienced personal injury attorney. Robert Louis Armstrong has decades of experience in helping clients to recover from car accidents while getting the compensation they deserve. Call his office today for a consultation.