Common Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents
Low back injuries and Muscle Spasms After Car Accident are very common. In fact 40% to 48% of all neck whiplash patients complained of low back pain. There is a misconception that your seat protects your lower back from vehicle injury. Unfortunately, this isn’t true.
low back injuries are a common car accident injury. Soft tissue injuries are the most common type of low back injury in a vehicle accident. There are seven layers of muscles in the low back, which enable us to bend, twist, and maintain an upright posture. The three types of injuries to muscles occur when a muscle becomes overstretched, becomes compressed by striking an object, or rapidly contracts. The symptoms associated with muscle injuries are: pain with movement, decreased range of motion, muscle weakness, muscle tightness, muscle aches, and bruising. When a muscle stays contracted, this is known as a muscle spasm. Muscle spasms are the body’s attempt to splint and protect the area from further damage. Muscle injuries usually heal the quickest due to rich blood supply, but it is still important to incorporate therapeutic exercises to help prevent scar tissue formation. Scar tissue is poorly formed muscle fiber that does not function as well as normal muscle tissue. Proper exercise and stretching can help prevent scar tissue from forming. Excessive scar tissue can lead to chronic pain and limited mobility.
How Car Accidents CAUSE Neck And Lower Back Pain
The reason neck and back injuries are so common is that car accidents cause the body to absorb an immense amount of force. The back and neck are very sensitive to sudden movements and force. When a vehicle crashes, the inertia causes the driver and passengers to move in the same direction that the car was hit. Seatbelts, air bags, and even the car door or dashboard will cause the body’s movement to stop short, placing a sudden and enormous amount of pressure on the victim’s back and neck.
The spine is not built to withstand the force and pressure exerted on it during a car accident, which can result in a range of injuries in the event of a crash.
Muscle Spasm From Car Accident
Muscle Spasms After Car Accident resulting in upper limb weakness. Individuals who suffer from neck and back pain also report suffering from muscle spasms that happen after muscles become stretched. Spasms occur when muscles tighten to protect an individual from any movement that could cause further injury to the affected muscle. Overstretching of the muscle fibers causes swelling, which often results in upper limb weakness after a car accident.
Muscle spasms after car accident often occur in response to muscle fiber damage that results from muscles moving more than normal or in unusual ways. During an accident, muscles can become overexerted during bracing or movement, to the point they even swell and become inflamed. In some cases, the nerves are damaged along with the muscle.
Muscles can also ache in response to the counterforce your body experiences during a rear-end collision. In the split second you know an accident is coming, but before the impact occurs, your muscles brace for impact and tighten up. This is most common in the neck, shoulders, and arms of the driver as they brace against the steering wheel, though the legs are also susceptible to these problems.
What causes whiplash?
Motor vehicle collisions (such as getting rear-ended) are one main cause of whiplash injuries. But you can get a whiplash injury anytime your head jerks or lurches in a sudden forward or backward motion.
Trauma due to a hard fall or sports injury may cause whiplash. So can physical abuse, such as being punched or shaken violently.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms can range widely. You may feel symptoms soon after you get hurt or days later. Healthcare providers sometimes refer to the vast collection of potential whiplash symptoms as whiplash-associated disorders (or WAD).
Symptoms often include:
- Pain, including neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain.
- Stiff neck that’s difficult to turn.
- Muscle spasms (random muscle movements you can’t control).
- Fatigue (being overly tired).
- Anxiety or memory issues.
After a vehicular accident, chiropractors will check to make sure that the patient’s ribs and/or vertebrae in the neck are moving properly. Oftentimes, a rib will be pushed up, which compresses the nerves, arteries and veins, causing numbness, tingling and even pain in one’s arms. A common exercise prescribed by chiropractors is swimming, which is a deep muscle workout that strengthens muscles and aids in the breakdown of scar tissue that forms in the muscles and tendons from injuries and auto accidents.
Treatment focuses on alleviating pain and stiffness in the neck, as well as healing the damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Most patients will experience a significant improvement in symptoms after a few days. According to the NHS (National Health Service), United Kingdom, in approximately 60 percent of cases, symptoms clear up completely within 1-4 weeks. However, some people still have symptoms several months after the injury occurred; on rare occasions, problems may persist for even longer.
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