Primary Causes of Neck and Back Pain After a Car Accident: Car accidents, even minor ones, can have a major impact on the health of your neck and back. When your car makes contact with something, the inertia of both opposing forces will cause your body to jerk in one direction until your body is stopped by another object — such as your seatbelt, windshield, dashboard, steering wheel, or something else. This back-and-forth movement, known as whiplash, can cause severe pressure on your back and neck. Whiplash can cause several different types of injuries. Two of the most common causes of back pain, stemming from automobile accidents, are discogenic injuries and facet joint injuries.
The term “discogenic injury” means that something has happened to the discs in your back. Your spinal discs are essentially circular bits of cartilage located between the bones of the spine to act as a cushion. When a spinal disc is out of place or damaged, it can cause severe pain. Discogenic injury encompasses conditions such as lumbar sprains, spinal stenosis, and disc herniation. Certain degenerative spinal disorders can also affect the discs.
In some instances, discogenic pain may only be felt when an individual performs a certain activity, like bending over. For others, discogenic pain can be felt all the time, even when standing completely still or lying down. The pain may or may not radiate down the legs.
Facet Joint Injuries
Facet joints help to support the weight of your body and enable your vertebrae to move properly. This slightly lesser-known part of the spine works together with the spinal discs to keep the spine flexible and allow for fluid movement of the body and spine. Like spinal discs, these joints are often injured in the event of a car accident.
A few symptoms of facet joint injuries include muscle spasms, the feeling of getting stuck in a certain position, and back pain in general. Other symptoms can vary from person to person, and these symptoms may sometimes be confused with discogenic symptoms.
If you have been in a car accident, there is no need to suffer through your pain. Chiropractic care can treat both discogenic and facet joint injuries, helping you feel relief. Visit a chiropractic specialist to discuss your symptoms, diagnose your condition, and create a treatment plan. If you are experiencing back pain, contact AccidentCare Chiropractic at (503)-660-8552 or visit our website at https://accidentcarechiropractic.com/ to speak to a chiropractic care specialist today.