Examining Common Back Injuries Caused by Car Crashes

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Advanced Spine Discusses Common Back Injuries

Being involved in a car accident can be traumatic in many ways. Not only do you have to deal with the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle, but a car accident can also result in serious injuries to the back. Some examples of injuries that may result from a car accident include:

  • Axial bursts: 
    Occurs when multiple vertebrae in the cervical and lumbar regions disintegrate, which sometimes leads to a loss of mass in the ends of those regions in the vertebra.
  • Bulging discs:
    Occurs when the discs situated between the vertebrae push or squeeze out of their natural position.
  • Compression fractures:
    Occurs when part of the vertebra and spine compress downward.
  • Dislocation fracture:
    Occurs when the vertebra is fractured and the soft tissue from the around the disk moves into the damaged area.
  • Herniated discs:
    Occurs when the discs situated between the vertebrae break open during an accident, causing the inner cartilage to protrude outward.
  • Flexion distraction fractures:
    Occurs when the upper vertebra and the spinal cord bend forward in a violent fashion, typically caused by head-on crashes when the seatbelt holds the lower back and pelvis in place.
  • Soft tissue bruising and tearing:
    Occurs when the ligaments, tendons and/or muscles surrounding the vertebra is stretched or torn, thereby affecting the nerve endings and resulting in excruciating pain.
  • Transverse process fractures:
    Occurs when the vertebra and spine twist beyond their natural radius, resulting in a crosswise fracture.

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With the help of Advanced Spine & Rehab, each of these back injuries resulting from a car accident can be effectively addressed. Whether through chiropractic care or through other forms of medical care, our doctors will help you recover from your car accident injuries.