Back injuries are painful and can take a long time to heal in some cases. They can also surprise people with the range of symptoms they can cause. For example, would a back injury cause breathing problems? In short, yes it could, depending on the nature of the injury and where in the back it is situated.
The body has muscles in lots of different positions, with many in the back area alone. If one or more of these muscles tense and stiffen up as the result of an injury, you could experience trouble breathing, or pain when you try to take a deep breath. Whiplash can cause this, as it can lead to pain in the upper back which in turn can lead to tension and a restricted level of movement.
Make sure you get expert advice
If you have injured your back, whether it was in an accident or through repetitive motions, such as lifting, fetching and carrying loads at work, for example, make sure you seek medical attention if the pain doesn’t go away within a short time. This can help identify anything that may need treatment, such as a slipped or bulging disc or muscle spasms.
If you are experiencing any shortness of breath since the injury occurred, bring this to the attention of your GP. It may help them make a diagnosis, as will letting them know exactly where the pain occurs and when you feel it. Tense muscles are a major cause of troubled breathing in this situation, as we try to prevent ourselves feeling pain or injuring ourselves further.
Did a back injury cause breathing problems for you?
If it did, and you think a third party was somehow responsible for the situation that led to your injury, do give Accident Advice Helpline a ring. It could be easier than you think to make a claim for some compensation, and one of our personal injury lawyers can accept your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis, too.
To learn more, try our online test. It takes mere seconds to complete and provides some crucial answers. Alternatively, if you’d like to speak to someone now, call 0800 689 0500 or use 0333 500 0993 if you have a mobile. Can a back injury cause breathing problems? It can – but it might also lead to a claim.
Date Published: November 23, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead