When a vehicle slams into another vehicle, the inertia of opposing forces can compel the driver and passengers to propel rapidly forward and backward in less than a matter of seconds. The force of a car crash can cause serious injuries to the musculoskeletal system. It can also generate powerful pressure on the back and neck. Unfortunately, Buffalo seniors can be prone to whiplash, disc damage vertebral subluxation, facet joint injuries and severe soft tissue inflammation following a car accident.
Lower back and neck injuries can be extremely painful and sometimes debilitating. People over 65 can have pre-existing conditions that make them vulnerable to chronic pain due to accident injuries. Seniors involved in even minor fender-benders are urged to visit their doctor as soon as possible after the accident. In many cases, musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash and bulging/herniated discs do not emerge for several days. Receiving treatment for car accident injuries before they worsen is one way to avoid long-lasting pain and complications caused by car accident injuries.
Lower back (lumbar) sprains and strains result from strong forces impacting the back. When this happens, tendons, muscles and ligaments are overstretched and torn, causing inflammation and pain in affected soft tissues. Diagnostic imaging techniques may not detect lumbar sprains immediately after a car accident. Adults involved in vehicle crashes should continue visiting their doctor to report worsening symptoms of possible lumbar sprains and strains.
Disc herniation occurs when the powerful jolt of one car hitting another forces spongy inter-vertebral discs to protrude through their outer casings. Protrusion of a disc’s inner tissues can press against sensitive spinal nerves. Symptoms can include: radiating pain, numbness, weakness and inability to walk or sit comfortably. Closely associated with disc injuries are facet injuries, or damage to the facet joints. Surrounded by a membrane that releases fluid to lubricate these joints, facet joints allow your spine bend and twist easily. In addition, facet joints contribute to spinal disc functioning to permit the spine to engage in controlled movements.
Seniors suffering chronic pain after a Buffalo car crash may be eligible to receive compensation. Call William Mattar today to schedule a free, initial consultation with one of our Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers if you or someone you know needs legal assistance due to being victimized by a negligent or reckless driver.