You Don’t Want To Let This One Slip
You may have heard someone coming away from a back injury lamenting that they “slipped a disk.” This is referring to jelly-like disks that are located between each of the vertebrae that make up your spine. These disks are meant to keep these vertebrae properly aligned and spaced from each other, while also absorbing a moderate amount of impact during your day to day activities. During a car accident, if too much stress is placed on the spine, this can cause these disks to herniate. This means the disks may rupture or “slip” out of place. This may lead to sciatica, which is defined as pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, specifically caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of these intervertebral disks.
Whiplash is a common injury sustained in a car accident. Depending on where the impact comes from, your body will suddenly lurch in a direction. But the way your neck flexes and bends, your head may not follow your body until a split second later. When it does so the action is often swift and violent, and the sudden stretch and strain on your neck can cause hyperextension or tearing of muscles, tendons, and ligaments starting from your head and coursing down your back.