Back and
Neck Pain

Thirty-one million Americans suffer from back pain at any given time. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease, 2010.

Typically there is injury to the back or neck in a car crash whiplash injury. This can herniate discs that cushion the vertebrae in the back. If the herniated disc impinges on a nerve route exiting the spine, radiating pain to areas of the body other than the back can occur. There is also potential pain from injuring the facet at the back of each vertebrae.

When people with chronic
low-back pain also report widespread pain, they report significantly more impaired body functions, more severe activity limitations, and participation restrictions.

Clin J Pain. 2012 Jan;28(1):65-72.

Compression of one or more vertebrae can also lead to back pain – which is sometimes permanent. Back pain can also result from injuries to the muscles and other tissues supporting the spine.

Neck injuries can lead to paralysis, permanent and partial. Injury to the vertebrae or facet joints in the neck can harm the nerves in the upper spinal cord. Neck injuries can lead to an increased risk of developing widespread pain such as Fibromyalgia. One study showed that neck injury was 13 times more likely to lead to Fibromyalgia than a broken leg. Developing widespread pain after whiplash often occurs. With any back, neck or whiplash injury, it is important to see a doctor right away and to have them monitor
your progress.

If you have back pain, neck pain, or widespread pain as a result of whiplash or an injury accident, contact us to help guide you through the medical, legal, insurance maze. Back and neck pain can be disabling. Turn to a law firm experienced in representing clients who have been injured as a result of whiplash or injury accident.