One of the most common injuries received in any form of auto accidents are neck and back injuries. These injuries can manifest and settle in many different ways depending on the severity of the accident, but they should never be belittled, even if you feel it’s not too serious. Because of the fact that people have varying ranges of pain tolerance, physicians may feel a neck or back injury is less severe than it really is, resulting in lack of treatment, or wrong treatment all together.
An effective way that the medical field has been able to reduce the amount of misdiagnoses on neck and back injuries is through the use of MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, bone scans and myelograms. All of these are common procedures that many patients whom are complaining of neck and/or back pain undergo. (More on those procedures) Even still, it’s possible that one could be victim of medical malpractice and should follow up accordingly.
Are you experiencing neck or back pain after an accident? In Florida, which is a “no-fault” state, you can receive medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident through a branch of auto insurance called Personal Injury Protection (PIP). If you haven’t received treatment yet, read about your rights and options through Personal Injury Protection and choose your next course of action.
There are many different neck and back injuries you could currently be suffering from after an accident, and you may be eligible for compensation if they were received due to someone’s negligence, or lack of care. Here are some of the most common types of neck injures you could currently be undergoing.
Neck Strain or Sprain: This is by far the most common neck injury that you can receive in an accident. Symptoms can range from things less severe such as constant headaches, to things as serious as difficulties with memory or concentration due to the unbearable pain.
Herniated Disc: Between each vertebra in your spine is a soft, rubbery, and flexible cushion called a spinal disc. Its main purpose is to absorb shock from regular motions and activities that place the spine under pressure. These discs are small and have limited blood, so any damage dealt to them can be hard for your body to repair, especially if the damage further limits the blood supplied to them. Due to an accident, it’s possible to develop a herniated disc, which is when the soft, near-liquid insides of a disc are forced towards the edge of the disc and create pressure on a vertebra’s cervical nerve, creating unpleasant and sometimes excruciating pain, known as cervical radiculopathy.
Cervical Radiculopathy: This quite literally translates to “pinched nerve”. Most commonly caused by herniated discs; pinched nerves can also be caused by bone spurs that form along the spine. Bone spurs are a relatively common formation for people suffering from OA, or Osteoarthritis. This condition is a state in which the cartilage between joints disintegrates over the years causing uncomfortable joint rubbing and friction. This rubbing can eventually cause said bone spurs, which are simply rough and usually sharp areas of bone that are rarely an issue, however; if you develop a bone spur on a vertebra, this can either directly pinch a nerve in your spine, or it can puncture or irritate the spinal disc, in turn causing a ruptured or herniated disc. (More on Neck Injuries)
Shared with neck injuries, a herniated disc is a problem that can occur all throughout the spine, but there are many injuries which are unique to the back that may cause critical or permanent damage.
Thoracic Spine Injuries: The upper back is also referred to as the thoracic spine. This is section of your spine that connects to the ribs and chest region. Any sprains, strains, or fractures to this area may cause serious and permanent nerve damage.
Lumbar Spine Injuries: The lumbar spine is a section of the five largest vertebrae in your spine and has some of the most important muscles to maintain stability. Any sprains, strains, or fractures to this area may make it extremely difficult to complete daily physical tasks and could also result in swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
Spinal Cord Injuries: This, by far, has potential to be the most serious injury you can receive throughout all of the neck and back injuries. These injuries can result in paralysis, either completely or partially, and can cause many side effects including bleeding, blood clots, and infections obtained from the necessary surgery. (More on Back Injuries)
These injuries aren’t the limit, and some injuries not listed may be inflicted upon someone as the result of an accident, but no matter what your neck or back injury is, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you haven’t already to prevent further damage, or even death. In the event that you were damaged in any way to due to someone else’s negligence or lack of care, you may be entitled to compensation to cover not only the cost of the expensive medical treatment, but possibly lost wages and other damages.
Don’t let your suffering go unnoticed; not in a situation where time can be so crucial. Dolman Law groups experienced back and neck injury attorneys will fight to receive the benefits you deserve after an accident that has left you hurt. You won’t want to delay any longer, as strict legal deadlines or rules may come in to play that restrict you from getting the compensation you want and need.
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