Let’s face it: driving a car is a dangerous activity. There are tons of ways that you can get into an accident, and some of them are much more serious than others. When you’re in an accident, your body could be damaged in many different ways. Even if you only suffer minor injuries, they can still affect your lower back and cause pain or numbness as well as other symptoms such as muscle weakness or spasms.
How do car accidents affect the lower back? Enduring a car accident can jar your back in many ways.
The spine is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, muscles and nerves that work together to protect the spinal cord. It’s made up of vertebrae (the bones), which stack on top of each other like a stack of coins. The vertebrae are connected by discs made up of tough fibrous tissue between them.
A car accident can jar your lower back in many ways:
A rear-end collision may damage the discs in your lower back so they’re unable to cushion each other properly when you move around or twist awkwardly while you’re sitting still; this puts extra pressure on them—and possibly even cracks through their outer layers—which can cause pain after the initial blow has dissipated.
Herniated and ruptured discs:
Herniated discs are painful, and they can cause back pain, numbness, and weakness. If the disc is not treated in time, it can lead to permanent disability or death. If you have any symptoms that suggest a herniated disc—such as pain along your lower back or right arm—you should see a doctor right away!
Strain of ligaments and tendons:
Understanding how ligaments and tendons work can help you understand what happens to them in a car accident. Ligaments connect bones to other bones, while tendons connect muscle groups to the skeleton. When an impact is absorbed by these tissues, it causes them to stretch or tear apart—a condition known as sprain.
The body’s soft tissues are made up of three different types: cartilage (gives strength and flexibility), fibrous tissue (connects organ systems together), and fluid-filled spaces called cavities (which store blood). These three types all have different ways they respond after injury; however, there are some similarities between them all:
Damage to the spinal disc:
Spinal discs are soft, flexible discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. They’re made of a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. A spinal disc can tear or rupture when it is jolted or twisted by an accident.
The severity of your injury depends on how long you were in a car accident, what caused it (the driver’s fault or not), how fast you were going when struck and whether other people were involved in the collision with you.
Fractures are a common injury in car accidents. The type of fracture you have is determined by the forces that caused your injury, as well as your body type and bone density. Fractures can be caused by the impact of an accident or by the force of airbag deployment.
If you don’t suffer from any other injuries, such as broken bones or internal bleeding, then it’s unlikely that you will need surgery to repair your fractured bones. However if there are other severe injuries present then doctors might recommend surgery at this point so they can find out what happened during impact before deciding on treatment options later on down the line
Effects of Lower Back Pain After a Car Accident A common symptom experienced after a car accident is lower back pain.
Lower back pain is a common symptom following a car accident. The pain can be caused by a muscle spasm, or by the muscles tightening up. This can happen when an injury to the spine causes it to twist and pull on surrounding tissues, causing them to tighten up as well.
Lower back injuries are often accompanied by other injuries such as neck sprains (neck strains), back sprains (back strains), rib fractures or dislocations; however, it’s important not to confuse these types of injuries with those related specifically to lower back problems because they’re caused differently than what typically happens after an auto accident involving whiplash-type impacts into another vehicle or object like curbstones at stop signs etcetera…
Common symptoms of a back injury include pain in the shoulders, neck, or lower back; tenderness in the area of injury; restricted mobility; and numbness or muscle weakness.
- Pain in the shoulders, neck or lower back;
- Tenderness in the area of injury;
- Restriction of movement and deformity can occur as a result of an injury.
The most important thing to remember is that lower back pain is not an indication of a serious injury. In many cases, minor injuries such as sprains and strains can be treated at home or at a clinic or doctor’s office without any special treatment or X-rays. If you experience any unusual symptoms after an automobile accident, contact your doctor immediately so they can properly diagnose your condition and give advice on how best treat it.