Back pain is a common result of car accident injuries. It can often be treated by chiropractic care, physical therapy and various other techniques. The duration of back pain depends on the injury, as does the best treatment recommendation. Therefore, anyone who experiences these symptoms after being in a car crash should seek prompt medical attention.
What Part of the Back Causes Pain After a Car Accident?
People can experience pain throughout their backs after a crash, depending on the injuries they receive. The two most common types of injuries are:
Pain from disc injuries often appears in the lower, lumbar spine. It could feel like a dull ache, a sharp pinch, shooting electrical-shock pain or even pain to other areas of the body.
Whiplash — the fast, back-and-forth motion of the head during a car accident — often results in connective-tissue damage. Resulting pain is often concentrated around the neck, head, arms and upper back. Depending on the case, whiplash could also result in spinal trauma.
Can a Minor Car Accident Injure Your Back?
Anyone who even suspects they might have an injury should seek medical attention promptly after a car accident.
Car accidents may be common, but none are minor. The forces involved are nearly always far stronger than what the human body is designed to handle. Those who do not receive injuries in low-speed fender-benders are the lucky ones.
How Long Does Back Pain Last After a Car Accident?
The duration of back pain after a crash depends most on the underlying injuries. For example, pain from moderate disc trauma tends to last longer than whiplash pain.
Other factors in pain duration include treatment — such as exercise, physical therapy and chiropractic care — lifestyle and general health. It is important to take every factor into consideration and make necessary changes for the fastest recovery possible.
How Long do you Have to Seek Medical Attention After a Car Accident?
Prompt medical attention is critical to identify problems, reduce risk of complications and speed recovery. Anyone involved in an event as traumatic as a car accident should seek a professional opinion as soon as possible.
In Florida, there could also be legal and insurance considerations. Those injured in an accident must seek care from a medical provider within 14 days of the injury to qualify for benefits under their personal injury protection policies, in most cases.
What Happens if my Pain was Delayed After a Crash?
Injuries from car accidents could display delayed symptoms. Some also could result in minor symptoms, which become worse a day or two later. The most important thing is to seek treatment as soon as there is any suspicion of an injury — this should help start recovery and avoid unnecessary suffering.
Please call us and make an appointment at PhysMED today. The first steps are simple: We talk about your situation, analyze your physical condition, discuss treatment goals and provide some case-appropriate advice.