Lower Back Pain
An auto accident may produce lower back pain, depending on the angle in which the vehicle was struck by another car. In auto accidents, lower back pain may be caused by sore or sprained muscles, damaged ligaments, nerve damage, bulging or herniated discs in the lumbar area of the back.
The US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health reported that "large epidemiological studies show that 20% to 35% of patients with back pain suffer from a neuropathic pain component" (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2009). Unfortunately, it is fairly easy to receive a back injury during an auto accident. However, it is just as easy to find the proper treatment.
If you are continually suffering from lower back pain, you may be experiencing a condition that is affecting the spine, or the nerves that are attached to the spine. Once the pain begins, your first priority should be to schedule an evaluation with us because we understand and are experienced in lower back pain.
What Can Cause Lower Back Pain?
The body has a tendency to move during an auto accident although the seatbelt will generally restrict the body from moving, but that does not always prevent low ack injuries. For example, when an auto accident occurs from the side (T-Bone accident), the body will be jerked from one side to the other, and this can lead to a separated or dislocated hip, broken or dislocated ribs, and/or herniated discs. The result from these injuries can lead to an abundance of pain for a long period of time. In fact, many patients who have been in severe auto accidents have residual pain and are typically traumatized for a number of years after the auto accident without treatment.
Lower back pain may also originate from an injury to the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back through the buttocks and into one or both leg. A lumbar herniated disc, on the other hand, may also occur during an auto accident and may result in severe lower back pain. This happens when a disc in the lower back herniates or bulges and pinches a nerve root. This condition can cause people to experience severe lower back pain, lower extremity weakness, numbness in the upper thighs, and even loss of bladder or bowel control among other symptoms.
How Do We Assess Lower Back Pain?
When a patient is suffering from lower back pain, a chiropractor will typically want to closely examine x-rays or MRI scans and perform a physical examination to make a proper assessment. Measuring the pain is actually one of most difficult things to do for doctors because it's about communication, and establishing a dialogue about pain between the patient and doctor can be challenging based on the amount of information to obtain in a short amount of time.
Doctors will assess the pain and determine if it is intermittent or constant, what type of pain is occurring (e.g., stabbing, burning, etc.), what triggers pain, when pain is more likely to occur during the day, and how much pain the patient is in on a scale of 0-10. After establishing a dialogue of the patient's situation and understanding the extent of the pain, the doctor will inquire about previous treatments and any medications being taken.
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