Low Back Pain After Auto Injury
Many people report back pain after a car crash.
A 2002 study conducted by researchers at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine looked at the biomechanics of lumbar spine injury from auto collisions and found that the car seat is most likely the culprit.
Your spine has a natural curved shape that looks like this.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different designs of car seats with different shapes, coverings, stiffnesses and geometries. If your car seat doesn't match your spine exactly, the violent acceleration of the car seat during a crash can cause some parts of your spine to move more than other parts.
This shearing action can stretch or tear the ligaments of your spine, causing pain, inflammation, scar tissue, nerve injury, and even permanent damage.
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