In a trauma, such as a car crash/collision, the spine may be whipped around in a manner that causes an injury.
A back injury can be among the most difficult to diagnose and treat. The spine, or backbone, is made up of a column of 33 bones and tissue extending from the skull to the pelvis. These bones, or vertebrae, enclose and protect a cylinder of nerve tissues known as the spinal cord. An injury to one of the vertebrae, discs or even the spinal cord can be very debilitating and painful to the point where it is impossible to work, perform regular daily activities, spend time with your family, or even sleep.
Treatment for back injuries includes medications, massage, therapy, chiropractic care, epidural injections, pain management and surgery. The course of recommended treatment can also be extremely costly and require that the injury victim remain out of work for long periods of time, possibly losing thousands of dollars in wages.
Age related changes to the spine are natural and universal. Discs begin to dry and weaken, and the vertebra develop arthritic changes. Almost as soon as one reaches adulthood, subtle degenerative changes may begin. Then a trauma causes the previously asymptomatic natural condition of the aging spine to become painfully disabling.
Common Back Injuries:
- The most common back injury is damage to the muscles surrounding the spine. Microscopic tears to muscle tissue lead to bleeding and formation of permanent scar tissue. While many people recover within a few weeks, the tissue may be more vulnerable to future problems.
- Trauma to the back may cause weakening of the outer layer of intervertebral discs is the area of the back placed under greatest stress. Discs begin to bulge out, pinching a nerve and causing pain, numbness or tingling. Such a disc bulge may progress to a herniation. Depending on where it is located, it may cause motor weakness in an arm or leg, incontinence, etc. This typically requires surgery. The traditional surgery for a herniated disc involves removing the disc and fusing the adjacent vertebra with bone tissue.
- Fractures of vertebra also often require surgery to stabilize the spine with metal plates and screws, though some more subtle fractures can be managed without surgery.
- The most devastating back injuries involve damage to the spinal cord, which can produce paralysis, either paraplegia (loss of use of legs) or quadriplegia (loss of use of both arms and legs)
If you or a loved one have experienced back injuries because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.