It is not just the neck that can be injured in a motor vehicle accident. The thoracic and lumbar spine can also be damaged. Disc damage can be diagnosed through CT scans or MRI scans. Treatment can include hot packs, hydrotherapy, cold packs, ultrasound, massage, gym strengthening, physiotherapy, injections and in some cases, surgery.
The impact from a car accident cause a disc to fracture or distort. This can reduce the cushioning around the bones of the spine. A damaged disc may also put pressure directly on nearby nerves, which can cause pain, numbness and weakness in any part of the body connected by the affected nerve.