Yes. A hernia, or herniated disc, is a painful type of back injury that has many possible causes. However, it’s not uncommon for a car accident to either cause a hernia, or make an existing hernia worse.
A hernia is a particularly insidious car accident injury, because you don’t always feel it at first. You may have minor back pain that gets worse over the course of several weeks before you realize you have a herniated disc.
How can I get a hernia from a car accident?
A hernia occurs when one of the “discs” of the spine ruptures. Discs sit between vertebrae and serve to cushion them and lend flexibility to your back. This can happen if you are suddenly thrown forward in a car accident, putting strain on your spine and potentially tearing tissue or cartilage such as a disc.
When a disc herniates or ruptures, the material inside pushes out causing pain every time there’s pressure on the disc. In some cases, it can also put pressure on the nerves nearby, causing radiating pain or tingling.
Herniated discs can be treated, and should be covered by your insurance claim—but you may have to fight for it.
Note: not all back pain related to a car accident is necessarily a hernia. Read about other possible causes here.
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