Most motorists will have about four accidents during their driving years, according to the insurance industry. That’s not very many. But any time large vehicles are colliding, there’s a chance of an injury. Spine injuries from car accidents impact many people across Oregon every year. These injuries can be mild or severe, and they can impact almost any part of the neck and back.
Common spinal injuries in car accidents
Cars travel at fast speeds. When they come to a sudden stop, everything in them will continue moving forward rapidly. The driver and passengers’ bodies will do the same, until they are stopped by a seatbelt or other object. Being quickly jerked back can lead to neck and back injuries like whiplash.
Whiplash can occur when the neck moves back and forth rapidly. In addition stiffness and difficulty moving the neck, whiplash can affect mood and sleep. It’s been linked to depression, moodiness and memory problems.
Other injuries seen in motor vehicle accidents can include herniated discs. Herniated discs may also be called bulging, or ruptured, discs. Healthy discs sit between vertebrae and absorb shock in the spinal column. Herniated discs move or leak and can cause pain or injury to nerves. Symptoms of a herniated disc include sharp pains, or tingling in the extremities.
The force in car accidents can also be enough to fracture vertebrae. Fractured vertebrae can be dangerous because they can nick the spinal cord, causing paralysis or death. It’s always important to get medical attention after a motor vehicle accident. Sometimes, injuries don’t cause pain immediately. It’s better to have a professional identify a serious injury soon than to uncover one later. Getting legal advice from a qualified lawyer can also be a good idea.