How a lower back injury can happen in a car crash? Well the driver usually sits upright with his spine straight, when a crash happens if there is enough force, his upper body can go backward or forward with the impact depending upon the force’s direction. When spine goes forward with the enough force it can cause muscle & ligament tears, nerve or spinal injuries in that area.
Spine is made up of loop blocks that are stacked upon each other. There’s disc like cushions or shock absorbers between each spinal block. When an injury or trauma occurs, it may move your spine to front, backward or sideways damaging the disc. Conditions like Sciatica – pinching of the nerves may develop as a result of injury.
Sciatica or Sciatic Neuralgia is a common condition in which a Sciatic nerve gets compressed resulting in Lower back, hip and leg pain. Sciatica nerve is a large nerve originating from the lumbar spine and running down the hip, leg and the foot on the posterior aspect. There’s one nerve on each side of the body and typically sciatica affects only one side of the body. Sciatica pain is usually described as a sharp pain in lower back going down the hip, thigh and leg on one side of the body. There may be other symptoms like numbness, burning and tingling. Pain worsens on sitting, moving, sneezing or coughing.
The most common cause of Sciatica is herniated disc. Spinal disc is a soft elastic cushion between the vertebra of the spine and functions as shock absorber. As a result of injury or trauma the gel like structure of disc may protrude out and become a herniation. This disc herniation puts pressure on the nerve roots pushing them against the spinal wall and causing severe pain. Conservative treatment includes pain relief with NSAIDs, physical therapy and rest. However victim may be required to undergo surgery depending upon the condition. If the pain doesn’t subsidize after 3 months of conservative treatment surgery may be advised.
Farahi Law Firm, APC has years of experience in assisting victims with lower back injury. If you are experiencing pain in your back after a car accident, getting an injury attorneys advise is vital. Call us for a free consultation: 310 774 4500