Neck, Back, or Spine Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Neck, back, or other spinal injuries are also common – particularly neck injuries. Imagine a helmeted motorcyclist vaulting through the air and landing on his or her head. The helmet may lessen the impact to the head, but the neck and spine still get compressed. Many different types of injuries can occur. One is a “burst fracture,” in which one of the vertebrae in the neck or back is subjected to so much force that it simply fractures, or bursts.
Another common injury in motorcycle accidents is a disc herniation, herniated disc, bulging disc, ruptured disc, or slipped disc. This type of injury occurs to the softer discs that separate the vertebrae in our necks and backs. If a disc is subjected to too much pressure, it can rupture or begin leaking fluid into the spinal canal. That causes lots of pain that may move throughout the body, because the nerves that run throughout the body and transmit pain signals to the brain all pass through the neck, back, and spine. So when a disc has ruptured and is putting pressure on those nerves, it can make it feel like that pain is in the motorcyclist’s feet, legs, hands, arms, or anywhere else that the nerve runs. Typically, this is what doctors mean when they refer to pain that “radiates” or when they diagnose “radiculopathy.”