Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 2, 2019
A car crash is a traumatic experience for your mind and body, and many people aren’t sure how to move forward in the wake of an accident with injuries. Spine injuries are one of the most common injuries that people suffer in car accidents, and even if you have a good long-term prognosis, it doesn’t mean that you should go without a visit to a spine specialist. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at some types of back injuries that occur during car accidents, and we walk you through some post-accident steps you’ll want to take.
Caring For Your Back After A Car Accident
If you’re feeling any discomfort at all in your spine or neck after a car accident, you’ll want to set up an appointment with a spine specialist right away. This is important for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s always a good idea to get a better understanding of what you’re dealing with. You can’t treat a problem without first knowing exactly what’s going on. If you’re trying to treat a spinal muscle strain and you actually have a disc problem, treatment is unlikely to fix the problem. Get an evaluation soon after the accident in order to move forward with the right treatment.
Another reason why it’s important to get a medical evaluation sooner rather than later is so that you can be compensated for your injuries. If you were involved in a vehicle accident while on the job, or as a result of someone else’s actions, you may have a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. In order to maximize your claim amount, you need to undergo a thorough evaluation by a spine specialist. The longer you put off this appointment, the more likely it is that the insurance company will fight back against your claim on the grounds that you may not be as injured as you say because you waited so long to get medical care.
A final reason to undergo an evaluation is that adrenaline can mask injuries in the short term. Adrenaline is released to help the body survive traumatic situations, and it can mask pain hours and days after an accident. So many people notice that their pain is worse a day or two after the accident because the adrenaline has worn off and they can truly feel the extent of their injuries. Get an early evaluation or set up an appointment the moment symptoms begin so you can begin treatment.
Common Types Of Car Accident Spine Injuries
Some of the more common types of back-related injuries we treat after a car accident include:
- Spinal fractures
- Spinal nerve compression
- Bulging, herniated or shifting spinal discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Muscle strains and tears
Aside from these injuries, we can also help with other issues you’re having related to the effects of your accident. For example, some patients experience migraines, tension headaches or muscle weakness as a result of their car accident. We can work with you to help prescribe a care plan that works to relieve the underlying factors and help you get back to a pain-free way of living.
So if you’ve suffered a back or neck injury as a result of a car accident, call now to set up an evaluation by Dr. Sinicropi. When compensation and your health are on the line, you want the best medical team caring for you, and that’s what we can provide. Give our clinic a call today at (651) 430-3800.