What Is It?
The spine is not designed to withstand the violent impact of a motor vehicle accident. Even at low speeds, the vertebrae and spinal column can be injured, leaving victims with lingering pain. Neck and back injuries from a car crash can range from moderate to devastating.
Collisions often result in soft-tissue injuries like whiplash, bruising, back pain, and shoulder pain. These can take a while to appear, and can occur even after a minor accident, but usually have a reasonable recovery time.
Serious spinal injuries can take much longer to heal, and sometimes lead to lifelong discomfort. Herniated discs occur when the cushiony substance between vertebrae slips out of place; compression fractures are caused by a vertebrae crushing into itself. Both of these injuries can be very painful and can require surgery, extensive physiotherapy, or medication.
Severe spinal cord injuries are catastrophic injuries that can leave victims with lifelong, debilitating medical issues, or even paralysis.