Many of us immediately think about whiplash when we think about injuries caused by car accidents. However, even slow impact car crashes can result in lower back pain that can cause discomfort and chronic issues.
Incidence of car accidents
In 2010, seatbelt usage increased to 85% from just 69% in 1998 and the National Highway Safety Administration is happy to report that seatbelts and airbags are saving lives in car accidents. Injuries to the spine and the potential for acute or long term lower back pain are still seen as a major issue on the road, however. During a car accident the impact and force on the body can twist the spine in awkward ways resulting in a variety of potential injuries. Seatbelts and air bags can help prevent or minimize these movements by keeping your back pressed against the lumbar support designed for use in most modern cars.
You may be able to avoid an accident that results injury by following a few simple safe driving precautions, including:
- Wear your seatbelt
- Avoid distractions such as talking on your phone, listening to the radio, or eating
- Never drink and drive
- Adjust your seat and mirrors to a comfortable and safe driving position before you hit the road
- Don’t speed
Lower back pain and car accidents
Common forms of lower back pain caused by car accidents are injuries to the spine, joints, and ruptured or herniated discs.
If you are in an accident, you may not notice any symptoms of lower back pain directly after the impact, but it is important to see medical attention immediately. Waiting can cause more physical damage. You will also want to make sure you exchange all pertinent information at the accident scene including contact information and insurance.
Lower back pain caused by an auto accident can become a long-term, chronic condition, especially if it is not treated effectively and immediately.
Have you experienced lower back pain as a result of a car accident?
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