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Is your back in pain after a road traffic collision? 

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2022 | Car Accidents |

You drive to work every day in Cleveland, and your top priority is to make it to your destination safely. As a result, you take every possible precaution to protect yourself on the roads. 

Sadly, no matter what you do, you can’t control the actions of other drivers. Someone has run into you, resulting in a nasty collision. You’ve noticed some pain in your back. What could be causing this? 

Herniated discs 

The discs in your back act as a cushion that protects the spine. During a crash, the force generated can cause your back to twist and turn in an unnatural fashion. The end result of this can be herniated discs

If you feel pain in your lower back, and numbness down the side of your legs, this could be a sign that a disc has slipped out of place. Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment options can vary. In severe cases, you may require surgery and an extended period of recovery. 

Sciatica 

Importantly, not all injuries are always immediately obvious after a collision. Sciatica is one type of injury that can be a delayed result of a back injury following a crash. 

The sciatic nerve runs from the hip area to the feet. If you feel numbness and a tingling sensation, then this nerve might have been damaged. You’ll probably require some intense physical therapy and other medical treatments to get back on your feet again. 

Spinal injuries 

Injuries to the spinal cord are one of the most serious types of injuries that can be suffered after a road traffic collision. Often, these are so severe that they are immediately present. You may be unable to move or feel certain parts of your body after the collision. 

However, in some cases, spinal injuries can start with a feeling of pain in the back. If you suspect a back injury, it’s crucial to get checked over as soon as possible. 

If your back has been injured because of the recklessness of another road user, then you may be entitled to legal compensation. Seeking guidance on the matter will give you a clearer picture of exactly what options are open to you. 

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