SurgeryWhile your average fender bender may not have any effect on your body, high impact accidents usually leave passengers in some amount of pain. Pain reported in the back or neck region should be taken seriously and examined promptly.

Common Back and Neck Injuries

If you experience back or neck related pain after an auto accident, it may involve one of the following issues:

  • Herniated Discs. During high impact accidents, it is rather easy for the discs in your spine to become displaced. When this happens, the disc often puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or surrounding nerves. The result is intense pain and even numbness, tingling or weakness.
  • Sprain or Strain. Some of the most common auto accident injuries are neck sprains or strains. These happen when the ligaments or muscles in the neck become stretched or torn. The result is pain stiffness and muscle spasm, that usually takes time to heal.
  • Pinched Nerve. Cervical radiculopathy is the clinical name for a pinched nerve, which results when a nerve is irritated or pinched by a herniated disc or bone fragment.

Back and Neck Surgery

While many injuries don’t necessitate surgery, some more serious injuries involving ruptured discs or torn ligaments may. If you believe surgery may be in your future, discuss your options with a medical specialist.