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Common spine injuries caused by car wrecks

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | Personal Injury |

If you have been in a car accident in New Jersey, you may suffer back or neck injuries. These injuries can appear immediately, or they may show up later. Some types of injuries are more common than others.

Lumbar sprain

You may have a lumbar sprain if you feel low back pain after a car accident. Doctors diagnose this injury when the muscles surrounding the spine have been injured during the accident.

Thoracic spine injuries

While injuries can occur anywhere along the spine, they can be particularly dangerous in the thoracic area of the spine because the bones are smaller there.

Spine fractures

The backbone can fracture anywhere along its length, or it may dislodge from its position without breaking.


Doctors call compression of the spinal nerve root in the back sciatica. This injury can cause pain in the hip, lower back and outer side of the leg.

Spinal stenosis

This progressive disease is caused by the narrowing of the channel holding the spine, causing nerves to get pinched. It can make it challenging to pick up lightweight objects and causes tingling in hands and feet.

Facet joint syndrome

Motor vehicle accidents can cause facet joint injuries by damaging the spine’s facet joints. Once one joint gets damaged, it often causes progressive damage in other joints.

Disc herniation

Car accidents can cause the spongy discs between the vertebrae to become dislodged. When this occurs, people often feel pain in the middle of their back, but it is possible to feel discomfort anywhere along the back, depending on which disc has dislodged.

Car accidents can cause sudden or long-term spine and neck problems. Car accident victims should seek a medical evaluation immediately to prevent complications.