How common is back pain from car accidents?

With over 125,000 motor vehicle accidents each year in Pennsylvania, some people involved in automobile crashes may have suffered back pain. The back absorbs a lot of the impact and pressure in a vehicle collision. Therefore, back pain is common after car accidents. Car accidents may cause injuries to the back of the neck, midback, and lower back. Back pain may go away after a few days or weeks or may show up later.

Back injuries include spine and spinal cord injuries, fractured vertebrae, herniated discs, back sprains and strains. Back pain from a car accident may be a sign of a more serious injury. To diagnose what is causing the back pain, a doctor may take x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans. It is critical that anyone involved in a car accident immediately obtain medical help to ensure that serious back injuries do not go untreated.

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