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Can a Car Accident Cause a Herniated Disc?

Car accidents can cause an abrupt impact on the body, especially the spine. The sudden physical stress of an automobile accident can cause serious injuries, including a herniated disc. 

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Also called a bulging, ruptured, or slipped disc, a herniated disc is a spinal injury that impacts the discs located between the vertebrae of the spine. The spinal discs cushion the vertebrae, making it possible to comfortably move the spine. But, a sudden impact or wear and tear can cause the tough outer layer of a spinal disc to crack. When this occurs, the soft interior of the disc can push through the crack and may put pressure on a nearby nerve. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. 

Herniated Discs From Automobile Accidents

While many cases of a herniated disc result from overuse or aging, a sudden impact on the spine in an auto accident can also cause this spinal injury. The trauma of an accident may damage the spinal disc and cause the interior of the disc to press on nerve endings. This can lead to back, neck, or even leg pain, depending on the location of the disc. 

Chiropractic Care For Herniated Discs

A skilled chiropractor may help relieve pressure on the nerves caused by a herniated disc. By improving the alignment of the spine and reducing the impact on the spinal nerves, your chiropractor can reduce pain and discomfort from an injury. Additionally, by improving the spine’s alignment, your chiropractor can improve circulation to the injured disc, which can facilitate the body’s natural healing process.  

At the Florida Spine & Injury Institute of Lakeland, we offer an extensive range of chiropractic treatments for a herniated disc. Our qualified physicians specialize in auto accident injuries and will determine a treatment plan to help you make a full recovery. Contact us today to book an appointment