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Can A Car Accident Cause Permanent Back Pain?

on Dec 15, 2022 12:56:34 PM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
Key Takeaways: It is possible for back pain to be permanent after an auto accident. It is important to seek medical care after an accident right away, no matter how you feel. The chiropractors at Florida Spine and Injury can help treat back pain after a car accident. After a motor vehicle accident, people often feel sore in one or more parts of their bodies. For example, back pain is one of the most common complaints after an auto accident. Some back injuries get better with rest, but others can cause permanent pain. If you don't treat a back injury immediately, it can be challenging to perform daily tasks without pain. That's why it's essential to seek medical care right away. A doctor can examine your injuries and treat them before the pain gets too bad. If an injury isn't treated, it can cause chronic and permanent pain that requires long-term medical care. In the article below, we'll talk about permanent back pain after a car accident and how chiropractic care can help. Table Of Contents What Causes Back Injuries? Common Types Of Back Pain After A Car Accident What To Do If You Have Chronic Back Pain After Car Accident How Can a Chiropractor Help Me After a Car Accident? Choose Florida Spine and Injury What Causes Back Injuries? Newton's Laws of Motion come into play when a car crash happens. When your car hits something, your body keeps moving until something stops it. That something is usually a seat belt, airbag, steering wheel, or windshield. In the worst-case scenario, your body is in motion until it hits the pavement. Many body parts, especially your neck, spinal cord, and back, can be sprained, broken, or severely hurt by this violent movement. Head-on, rear-end, and side-impact collisions often cause back injuries, but even seemingly minor accidents can cause lasting pain. The following injury symptoms may be associated with back injuries: Stiffness. Numbness or tingling in arms, hands, legs, or feet. Difficulty standing or walking. Pain that radiates down the buttocks and legs. Muscle spasms. Pain. Common Types Of Back Pain After A Car Accident The term "back pain" is often used to describe a wide range of injuries that hurt the neck or back. Some back injuries are minor and can heal on their own with rest, while others need a lot of therapy or even surgery. Whiplash Injury Your cervical spine is easily injured during the impact of a car accident. Whiplash is a very common car accident injury; more than 3 million new cases of whiplash are recorded annually. Over half of whiplash diagnoses are chronic, and 1 in 10 people suffer permanent pain and damage to their neck. In "minor," low-speed rear-end incidents, whiplash and neck injuries are common. Whiplash occurs when the neck jolts violently backward and forward, tearing the neck muscles and tendons. Mild whiplash sometimes goes away with time, rest, pain medications, and hot or cold compresses. Severe whiplash can cause chronic pain and impairment. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain medication, neck injections, collars, and surgery may be used for severe cases. Degenerative Disc Disease Degenerative spinal disorder is a group of conditions that happen when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae are damaged, torn, pinched, or deteriorated, causing a lot of back pain. Even though degenerative disc disease is usually caused by aging, traumatic events like a severe car accident can speed up the process. This type of injury can cause a wide range of health conditions, including: Degenerative scoliosis Osteoarthritis Spinal stenosis Herniated (slipped or bulging) discs Pinched nerves Sciatica Bone spurs Spondylolisthesis "Discogenic" pain comes from an injury to a spinal disc. Discogenic pain is usually shooting, sharp, and debilitating. It can happen when you are still or when you are doing something that irritates the disc. People often feel this pain in their legs, buttocks, feet, and groin. Depending on the exact condition, there are different ways to treat degenerative disc disorders. These include non-surgical treatments like painkillers, steroids, heat/ice therapy, electrical shocks, surgical treatments like disc removal (discectomy), and spinal fusion. Recovery times vary depending on the condition. Muscle Strains And Sprains Your back is made up of soft tissue from your shoulders to your tailbone. Soft tissues are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support your lower back. Soft tissue injuries occur when these tissues are put under too much stress. A pulled back muscle or torn ligament can cause pain and muscle spasms that are much worse than you might expect. A pulled muscle or ligament in the back can take up to 6 weeks to heal, and some strains are so bad that they can take months to get better. During this time, some positions and daily activities may make the back pain worse or impossible to do. Spinal Cord Injuries The most severe back injuries are spinal injuries. And unfortunately, they are relatively common injuries. Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves and tissues that connect your brain and the rest of your body. Your spinal vertebrae are made to keep your spinal cord, which is part of your central nervous system, from getting hurt. When an accident or collision causes spinal cord injuries, the long-term and permanent effects are often very painful and hard to deal with. Total or partial paralysis, intense pain, infections, blood clots, spinal fluid leaks, and other serious health problems are all possible. What To Do If You Have Chronic Back Pain After Car Accident Follow these steps if you have chronic back pain after a car accident to ensure you get the best medical care. They will also ensure you get any legal compensation you may be entitled to: Get Examined By A Doctor Right Away Diagnosing an automobile accident injury quickly is crucial. Acute, chronic back pain after a car accident can be caused by an extruded spinal disc fragment that can cause nerve damage or paralysis. The sooner a person seeks medical treatment for an accident, the sooner they can start recovery. A doctor can diagnose your illness with a physical examination and imaging tests. In addition to aiding in your recovery, early medical evidence will verify the car crash caused your injuries. Insurance companies will want early treatment and medical evidence when they are asked to pay for necessary medical care. Documenting the injury and treatment makes getting a full and fair legal settlement for your injury easier if another driver's carelessness caused it. Delays in obtaining treatment make it tougher to convince insurance companies to pay for therapy and to get a fair legal settlement after a crash. Don’t Play The Waiting Game No matter how small or insignificant your back injury seems, it could be the start of a serious injury if you don't treat it right away. Many people think their injuries are minor after an accident, but after a few days or weeks, the pain gets so bad they can't do anything. Several things could be going on in your back causing the pain. Sometimes, the crash causes a tear in the rigid outer annulus of a spinal disc. As the person moves around and goes about their daily life, more and more disc material starts to stick out of the tear in the annulus. This can cause a herniated disc in the spine and the need for surgery. How Can A Chiropractor Help Me After a Car Accident? If you have joint pain, back pain, or neck pain after a car accident, chiropractic care might help. A chiropractic adjustment can help with whiplash and other injuries that cause pain, swelling, and loss of range of motion. Your treatment plan will also make sure that your injuries don't get worse. A chiropractor can also tell if you've hurt yourself in other ways that need more serious care. If so, the chiropractor can send you to a surgeon or another specialist to treat the injury. Choose Florida Spine And Injury After a car accident, it's essential to find the right chiropractor as soon as possible. Our Florida Spine and Injury chiropractors are trained to help people who have hurt their back in an accident get the medical care they need. After giving you a complete physical exam, they'll devise a treatment plan to help you get better. When accident victims go to Florida Spine and Injury, they get care specific to their accident and injuries. Our chiropractors use the latest technology to determine what's wrong with you and treat it. They will do everything they can to provide complete care that meets your needs. If you were in an accident recently, call Florida Spine and Injury today to set up a free consultation with a chiropractor specializing in accident injuries.
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What Should I Do If I Have Back Pain After A Car Accident?

on Mar 15, 2022 12:46:42 PM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
Car accidents are never expected. They often occur at the worst times, and accident victims never feel right after the impact of a motor vehicle accident. Sometimes injury symptoms are delayed, while other times the impact is hard enough that you feel it instantly. One of the most common symptoms after an auto accident is back pain. Back pain, like other soft tissue injuries, is very common. However, back pain or a spinal injury does not have to de-rail your entire life. In the article below, we will discuss what you should do if you notice back pain after a car wreck.
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Immediate Relief For Your Back Pain

on Jul 6, 2020 10:47:32 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 1 Comment | back pain
If you've been lucky enough not to suffer from some back pain, the odds aren't in your favor. Almost everyone is going to suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Luckily most cases of back pain will go away on their own. Most medical experts also agree that most back pain is caused by lifestyle. Too much stress, poor posture, bad sleeping habits, and poor ergonomics in the workplace are the significant causes of back pain outside of a direct injury. Believe it or not, that's good news. That means that most back pain isn't severe, and it can be treated conservatively. You can do things by yourself to ease your pain and prevent future problems with back pain. We'll go over a few of those things in the article below.
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Can Your Diet Prevent Back Pain?

on Mar 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
Is your diet contributing to your back pain? It could be. Many foods have been shown to reduce (or increase) inflammation, a known cause for back pain. So when you have back pain, changing your diet may help you avoid it. Inflammation will run rampant through your body if it's left unchecked, causing all kinds of problems, including low-back pain. That's why creating an anti-inflammatory diet with foods that help you maintain proper nutrition is essential to managing back pain. If you're prone to back pain, consider the diet tips in the article below.
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How To Exercise Your Back

on Mar 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
If you think treating back pain means going to bed or taking it easy, you couldn't be more wrong. Most acute back pain resolves within a few weeks with home treatment, and bed rest is typically not recommended. Exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of back pain and keep it from returning. There is an exercise for almost anyone with back pain. Some people even begin to exercise the day after back surgery. But there are some types of workouts for back pain that are more beneficial than others. In the article below, we will take an in-depth look at exercising for back pain.
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How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Back Pain

on Dec 11, 2019 7:55:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 2 Comments | back pain
How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Back Pain The position we sleep in impacts how well-rested we are and how well our back is supported at night. Not only can back pain get in the way of a good night's rest, but poor sleeping posture can make existing back pain even worse.
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How Yoga Can Help Back Pain

on Nov 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
Have you tried everything that medicine has to offer for your back pain, but you are still hurting? Are you still looking for an alternative treatment that will finally help ease the pain you deal with every day? Yoga might be that alternative. You might have a family member that has been urging you to try yoga, claiming it worked miracles for their low back pain. They promise that if you do yoga every day, you will work out all of the kinks that have been causing the discomfort in your back. They are on the right track with that line of thinking. If you are suffering from back or neck pain, though, it is good to have some baseline knowledge to ensure you stay safe during your yoga practice. If you jump in before you really understand what you are doing, you are at risk of throwing your back out or injuring it even more. But if you approach yoga armed with the information you need to make good decisions, you will be able to do what is right for your back and tailor a program to fit your needs. In the article below, we will talk about how you can get started with a yoga program that will help rid you of your back pain.
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What It Means To Throw Out Your Back

on Nov 12, 2019 11:45:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 0 Comments | back pain
Have you ever felt a sharp, shooting pain in your lower back? Maybe you were picking up something at work. Perhaps you were picking up your child. Or maybe you have no idea what happened, but you can't move without pain in your lower back anymore. You threw out your back. If you tell anyone you come across, they'll know exactly what you mean. But what does it actually mean? It means you have an acute onset of low back pain just below the ribs and above your pelvis. The most likely thing that happens is a muscle strain, although it could be a bulging disk or herniation. For the most part, throwing out your back is typically a temporary issue that will go away on its own over time. There are things you can do to speed up your recovery and keep it from happening again. In the article below, we will tell you everything you should know about throwing out your back.
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What Is The Relationship Between Back Pain And Disuse Syndrome?

on Oct 8, 2019 11:10:00 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 2 Comments | back pain
We spend a lot of time sitting. In our cars, at our desks, at the dinner table, and on our couch. If you have a desk job, you're sitting for nearly eight hours every day, about 40 hours a week. Then you get home, sit at the dinner table, and then finally collapse on the couch. That's a lot of time spent sitting around. And, it's becoming more and more evident that it's not very good for us. It can cause or aid in the development of several diseases, including obesity and diabetes, and it can cause or exacerbate back pain. The term given to this level of inactivity is "Disuse Syndrome." In the article below, we'll take a look at the relationship between disuse syndrome and back pain.
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How To Create A Spine Friendly Work Space

on Sep 30, 2019 11:48:53 AM By | Florida Spine and Injury | 1 Comment | back pain
When we think of the things that could potentially threaten our lives, we rarely think of our desk chair. However, according to many researchers, your desk chair is actually one of the biggest potential threats to your health. Research has shown that you can reduce your chances of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and back pain, all with one very simple lifestyle change: sit less. Okay, maybe it's not so simple. Many people spend an enormous amount of time sitting at a desk all day. According to the CDC, one in four adults in the United States sits for more than eight hours every day, and most of that is due to their job. So what do you do if you have to sit at your desk for your job? You obviously can't just up and quit. In the article below, we will go over some tips so you can improve your workspace and promote a healthier spine.
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