Back Surgery After a Car Crash: What You Must Know

February 10th, 2016


Back injuries as a result of car accidents are common. The sudden impact can cause the neck and back to strain well beyond their normal range of motion. Even minor accidents or fender-benders may result in back pain. Injuries can range from sprains and strains to broken vertebrae, herniated discs, and in extreme cases paralysis. Sometimes back injuries can be treated through conservative measures. Other injuries, however, require surgery to restore proper functioning, eliminate numbness and tingling, and relieve pain.

Symptoms of back injuries include:

  • Pain in the neck or back
  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling in the legs, genitals or buttocks
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control (in extreme injuries)
  • Restricted range of motion or limited movement
  • Pain may radiate, throb, ache, or only occur with movement

Injuries from a car accident can result in a number of different types of back surgeries. Some of the most common include:

  • Vertebroplasty – A special bone cement is injected into fractures of the vertebra. It hardens and reinforces the bone.
  • Spinal Fusion – Two or more vertebra are fused together with hardware or bone. This stabilizes them and can also reduce pain. It can be used to treat a fracture of the spine or herniated disc.
  • Diskectomy – In this surgical procedure, a part of the herniated disc is removed. This will help relieve pain and can repair feelings of numbness and tingling.
  • Laminectomy or laminotomy – In this procedure, some or most of the lamina is removed. This treats the pressure caused by a herniated disc. This surgery is usually performed when other treatments have failed.


Back surgery can require physical therapy and time for recovery. Some injuries may result in restriction of movement or mobility. Other injuries can require ongoing chiropractic care. If you have injured your back in a car accident, see a physician immediately. After receiving proper medical attention, call an experienced personal injury attorney.

Even relatively minor back injuries can require a long time to heal. Since you require the bones and muscles in your back for movement, you cannot fully allow them to rest. As a result, recovery can be delayed. It is important, however, to rest your back as much as possible following an injury. This may mean you need to take some time off work. If your injuries prevent you from being able to work, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover lost wages, in addition to medical bill coverage, and pain and suffering.

For a full assessment of your case, contact Garmon Law Firm either online or at (256) 543-HURT.


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