The human body was never intended to stop suddenly in a one-ton steel cage. In a car accident, this is exactly what happens to occupants of the vehicle. One of a number of common injuries resulting from auto collisions is damage to the neck and back.
There are three parts of the human spine, including the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical vertebrae, also known as the lower back, upper back and neck, respectively. These vertebrae are integrated into a complex and sensitive system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and major portions of the nervous system. When injuries to the spine occur, mild to severe and debilitating pain are prevalent and sometimes permanent.
Thoracic spine injuries  are typically serious and may result in nerve damage, a condition that is often permanent. The upper back is connected to the rib cage and, subsequently, the chest and upper body. Damage to bones and tendons in this part of the body happen most often in high speed collisions.
While not typically as serious as upper back injuries, lumbar injuries in the lower back can cause severe pain. The vertebrae in this portion of the spine are the largest and are supported by the major muscles of the core which provide support to the torso. Sprains and strains in the lumbar region typically cause bruising, swelling, and tenderness which can severely limit a person’s range of motion, making it difficult to complete routine activities.
Running throughout the full length of the spine, the spinal cord consists of the major nerves in the body. Without function in these nerves it is common for paralysis, loss of feeling, and loss of reflex to occur.
Due to the highly sensitive nature of the spinal cord and its location in the major support system of the body, circumstances can be compounded by additional medical problems. Victims of injuries to the spinal cord who undergo surgical treatments, or who suffer from traumatic stress, can suffer from blood clots, bleeding in the spine and leaking spinal fluid, and even infections and pneumonia.
Symptoms similar to a spinal cord injury can be present when the discs that cushion the vertebrae become herniated, or displaced. The out-of-place disc will usually end up putting pressure on the spinal cord and pinching nerves, resulting in sudden and intense lower back pain and numbness in the lower extremities.
Your physician will call for a thorough regimen of tests to confirm the presence of spinal injuries. These usually consist of CT scans, MRI’s, x-rays, bone scans, and myelograms. When they are able to understand the injuries according to where they exist and how severe they are, they will put together a treatment plan.
Back injury treatment plans commonly include chiropractic care and physical therapy. Pain management is also addressed through use of injections of anti-inflammatories and prescription pain medicine.
In some serious cases, your doctor may recommend surgery in order to prevent further damage to the spinal cord and alleviate any pressure from the existing damages. When surgery is the best option, it’s typical for parts of vertebrae to be removed, or for groups of vertebrae to be fused together to prevent movement around the affected area.
After any car accident involving serious back injuries, compensation for damages including the cost of ongoing medical care will be a crucial element of any insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. At the Dolman Law Group, our experienced back injury attorneys will investigate your claim and then fight to obtain all of the compensation that you are entitled to receive. Please call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-853-6275.
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