Did you know that nerve damage and pain can be caused by car accidents? There is ample scientific data that correlates onset of new back and neck pain to motor vehicles accidents. Many of these improve spontaneously over time but if the symptoms do not improve within three months, it is likely that they can become chronic.
It is best to obtain MRI soon after the accident specially in patients with more than just a mild back pain. During the accident and the traumatic event, the whole body is thrown forward violently and snapped back in the seat forcefully. This can damage the joints in the back of the spine called facets, the disc between the vertebrae, and it can also traumatize the nerves close to the facets, bone and disc resulting in numbness, tingling and pain, and essentially nerve damage. These symptoms may respond well to epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation to help with back and neck pain.
Depending on what happens in the car accident the approach to pain treatment can differ. You’d have to talk to your doctor to see what kind of options are available and suitable to you.