Chronic Back Pain after an Auto Accident: 5 Most Common Causes
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:25

For many auto accident victims, finding an effective spine treatment for chronic back pain can be challenging. Back pain doesn't always require spine surgery from an orthopedic surgeon, but patients may not realize that they have other options. A patient advocate such as Spine Centers of America can help you explore all possible solutions for conditions such as these five most common medical problems that result from a car accident.


1. Herniated Disc

Trauma can create cracks in the tough outer cartilage of the discs between the vertebrae, allowing the soft jelly-like cartilage inside to protrude and push on a nerve. This may cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the part of the body where the nerve travels. This condition is also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc.

2. Bulging Disc

If the outer cartilage develops small cracks on the inner surface, the softer cartilage inside may squeeze into those cracks and, without leaking, cause a bulge outward. If the bulge presses on a nerve, it may cause weakness, pain, or numbness in the area served by that nerve.

3. Sciatica

If something pushes on a sciatic nerve, the result is a mix of pain, weakness, numbness, burning, tingling, or a shooting pain in one buttock or down the associated leg.

4. Spinal Stenosis

Normally, nerves reside in a well-protected space inside the spinal column. If this space becomes narrowed anywhere along the backbone, then the increasing pressure on the nerves may cause numbness, pain, muscle weakness, or problems with bladder or bowel control.

5. Degenerative Disc Disease

Injury to a disc can create tears in the outer cartilage or lead to soreness, swelling, and instability of the disc. Resulting symptoms include pain that worsens upon bending the back or sitting, pain that feels better when walking, intermittent periods of severe pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or legs, and muscle weakness. 

All of these spine conditions can be managed effectively so you can resume most or all of your daily activities.

At Spine Centers of America, our board certified orthopedic spine surgeons get to know you personally and medically in order to design and carry out the best treatment plan for your case.

During your complimentary consultation, you will even receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan. Call us at 877-722-6008 to see how our spine specialists can help you live a chronic back pain-free lifestyle.