Car accidents generate a lot of harmful force. When a car suddenly collides with something or gets hit by another vehicle, the occupants inside get forcefully propelled in the direction of the impact. Inside the confines of a car, this physical propulsion is usually stopped by another impact with a door, window, seat belt or airbag. Both the sudden forward movement and the sudden stop put acute stress on the spine and neck. These critically important areas of the body are most vulnerable in an auto accident.
The violent forward and stopping the movement of occupants in a car accident is commonly called “whiplash” and is one of the leading causes of back injuries in an auto accident. Injuries to the lower back can be extremely painful and notoriously difficult to treat and recover from. This article will focus on the possible causes of lower back pain that occurs after a car accident.