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Auto Accident Injuries That Can Result in Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is a common after-effect of an auto accident. This is especially true for those who have been rear-ended since such collisions send a great deal of force through the backs of the seats, but it can affect those who have been in any kind of a wreck. Here are some of the types of injuries that can result and how they may be treated:

Doctor talking to a patient about lower back pain after an auto injury.


The bruises from an auto accident typically run deeper than the ones sometimes gotten during day-to-day activity. Therefore, deep aches can result. Thankfully, bruises typically go away on their own even if they are quite painful when fresh.

Strained and Torn Ligaments

These are common in even low-impact accidents. They tend to present themselves with a sharp pain that lets the afflicted know that a doctor is in order right away, though some will feel a dull ache instead. Therapeutic massage and other mild treatments can help with the pain while healing takes place. If nothing else is wrong, many such problems will resolve themselves over time.

Damaged Spinal Discs

If the impact is powerful enough, the discs in the spine can become compressed to the point that they bulge or even begin to leak fluid. Lower back pain often results, especially if the crash force was transmitted through the lumbar support in the car seat.

This problem typically does not go away on its own. Instead, an Independence chiropractor or other professional will be needed to help them back into their proper shapes and positions. Chiropractic manipulation, spinal decompression therapy, and other such treatments are used to accomplish this goal.


This problem results when the sciatic nerve is damaged or irritated. It often results from a bulging or leaking disc, but in a car accident, it may be directly damaged as well. The condition can result in lower back pain, leg pain, and even pain in the lower calf. That is because the nerve runs from the lower back all the way down the leg. Since the source of the nerve pain is usually where it comes from the spine, chiropractic manipulation is often the first treatment used. By getting the discs back into their proper positions, pressure on the nerve is released and the pain stops.

These are just some of the types of damage that can cause lower back pain after a car wreck. Note that not every auto accident injury will become apparent to the injured person right away. Therefore, it is important to be seen by a chiropractor in Independence GA even if no problems seem evident. This will ensure that any problems are treated before they get worse. It also ensures that injuries are spotted and reported to your auto insurance company before its deadline.

Contact Dunwoody Chiropractic Center to Schedule an Appointment Today!

To get an evaluation and any needed treatment plans, call us at Dunwoody Chiropractic Center. We'll set up an appointment right away. Our telephone number is (770) 551-9767.