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Back Sprains Most Distinctive Injury in the State of Connecticut

Personal injury accounts for a large number of medical care visits each year, but which personal injury has people landing in a hospital or doctor’s office most often? This year, a healthcare analytic company called Amino looked into 244 million insurance claims between 2012 and 2016 to find out national trends in physical injuries among Americans.

The research showed there is a wide range of physical injuries in America, but that some states are more prone to certain types of injuries when compared to others. Nationally, open wounds were the most commonly treated ailment, including minor cuts and bruises. Open wounds and bruising were the two most common injuries treated in 49 states. During the time of the study, bruising was the most common treated ailment in Connecticut.

However, the study also looked into what the most distinctive injury was for each state. In this case, distinctive simply means it is more common than in most other places. Connecticut fell among the 11 states in which sprains were the most distinctive, but was one of 3 states in which back sprains were specifically the most distinctive, with Ohio and Oregon as the other two.

In fact, residents of Connecticut are 60 percent more likely to suffer a back sprain than the national average.

Common Causes

Back sprains are often the result of overexertion but there are a large number of other ways such an injury could be sustained. For instance, car accidents and slip and fall accidents also often result in the injury. Most commonly, the injury is caused by any type of movement that puts excessive stress on the lower back including lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Pain that is localized in the lower back
  • Area is sore when touched
  • Sudden pain
  • Accompanying muscle spasms
  • Walking or standing becomes difficult

Time is the best healer for this type of injury, as treatment is limited. Some treatment options to alleviate the pain and lessen recovery time include:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Ice or cold pack
  • Heat therapy

If you have a sprained back due to someone’s negligence or suffered your injury at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our team of attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.