While car accident injuries can vary by person, there are some common joint injuries that tend to result from a car crashes:

Knee Injuries

As a knee pain doctor Rockville MD trusts can explain, the two of the most common injuries to the knee in a motor vehicle collision is to the PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament), and the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). PCL is located at the back of the knee which connects the tibia and the femur. The PCL injury tends to present as a weakness of stability, and sensation of pain in the knee. ACL is another major ligament deep in the knee. It provides movement in the knee joint. If the ACL is injured, a surgery may be necessary to reconstruct the ligament. If not, the common recovery time is generally a minimum of 6 months

The Sacroiliac Joint

The sacroiliac joint also referred to as the SI joint connects the bottom of the spine with the pelvis. Vehicle accidents can cause injury to this joint restricting a victim’s movement, as well as causing pain in the lower back and buttocks, and down the leg. If the Sacroiliac joint is fractured, the pain level can increase and even cause a grinding sensation. Treatment can include massages, ice treatments, and cortisone injections. Stronger cases may respond well to physical therapy, as well as electrotherapy.

Facet Joint Injury

Facet joints are bones that help you be flexible by facilitating the back movement, and bending over. Facet joints are, for the most part, fixed and they provide a stable environment for the vertebral column. Trauma to facet joints occur when the joints are weakened and the spinal cord is pinched. The most common symptoms of a facet joint trauma is felt in the lower back and will radiate through the buttocks and stops at the thighs. Cervical will be felt through the neck, shoulders, and upper back.The pain is able to go away if the joint is able to slip back into the correct position. Chiropractic care, physical therapy, and heat are the most common ways to treat a Facet Joint Injury. Surgery is generally only used in rare and traumatic cases.

If you are suffering from any of these common joint injuries as a result of a motor vehicle collision and need help resolving your claim effectively with the at-fault party’s insurance company, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney represent you.


Thanks to our friends and contributors from Pain & Arthritis Relief Center for their insight into common joint injuries after an accident.