Many people in the United States suffer from back and neck injuries. These types of injuries can occur from a sudden action or they can develop gradually from every day wear and tear. Back and neck injuries can be caused by:
It is not uncommon for a back or neck injury to be caused by the negligence of another person. If you or a family member has a sustained a back or neck injury due to the negligent actions of another, you may have legal and financial recourse.
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Types of Neck and Back Injuries
The human back is a complex configuration of tissues, muscles and bones that begin at the neck and go all the way down to the tailbone. As a result, many neck and back injuries can leave people with excruciating pain, that is often not centralized to the back region.
In most cases, while there can be varying degrees of pain for each accident victim, these types of injuries can be divided into two, primary groups: acute injuriesand overuse injuries:
Sudden or Acute Injuries
An acute injury can occur in the blink of an eye. Typically, acute injuries cause sudden and severe pain for the patient. They can cause swelling and bruising at the injury site. Examples of acute injuries include: sprains, strains, fractures and ruptured discs.
Sprains and Strains
Strains are injuries to the tendons and muscles in the back. They are generally caused by the twisting or pulling of a muscle or tendon. Medical professionals consider a strain to be the stretching or tearing of the ligament.
Spinal Fractures and Dislocations
Healthcare professionals have many different classifications for spinal fractures. Spinal fractures can be broken down to three groups: fractures, dislocations and fracture-dislocations. A fracture occurs when more pressure is put on the bone than it can withstand. When the discs and ligaments connecting two vertebrae are torn or stretched, the bones may become unaligned; this is defined as a dislocation. A fracture-dislocation is when the bone is broken and the ligaments are torn.
The discs in your body act as cushions between the spine and vertebrae. Occasionally, the material in side of the disc can rupture or bulge out of position, causing pressure on the neck. It is possible for an individual to have a bulging disc without the injury causing any pain.
Overuse injuries can be caused by the improperly lifting, sitting, standing or walking. A commercial truck driver can sustain an overuse injury from sitting behind the wheel for extended periods of times. Symptoms of overuse injuries can appear gradually over time or while a person is doing everyday activities.
Some common symptoms of overuse injuries include:
- muscles spasms
It’s important to note that even a minor accident can create an injury in some people.
How Back and Neck Injuries are Diagnosed
A medical professional will examine a patient’s back or neck before giving out a diagnosis. During the examination a doctor may assess a patient’s ability to sit, stand and walk. If the physician believes that an individual has a serious injury, they may order diagnostic testing.
The following tests can help a doctor identify the problem:
- X-rays – These tests allow a medical professional to see the alignment of a patient’s bones. X-rays can detect bone fractures and arthritis.
- MRIs- An MRI shows a detailed image of the nerves, soft tissues and bones connected to the spinal cord.
- CT scan- Basically, a CT scan combines several X-ray images from different directions to produce a cross-sectional view of a patient’s back.
As with any medical procedure, it’s very important to ensure that you or your loved one is being looked at by a qualified medical practitioner.
Treatments for Back and Neck Injuries
The severity of a patient’s back or neck injury will determine what type of treatment a medical professional will prescribe.
Some common treatments for back and neck injuries are:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter painkillers
- Physical therapy
- Acupuncture / acupressure
Medical and therapeutical treatments for back and neck injuries can be very costly for patients. If your neck or back injury was caused by another person, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses related to the injury.
Serious Back Injury? Contact Our Hartford Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have sustained a neck or back injury in a car accident, motorcycle crash or a slip and fall accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Here at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we offer 100% FREE initial consultations to help determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit, and can help you navigate the entire personal injury litigation process.
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