Car accidents – even seemingly minor ones – can place severe pressure on your back and leave you immobile and in tremendous pain. From herniated discs to spinal cord injuries, below are some of the most common types of back injuries from car accidents.
Located between each vertebra are discs that act as cushions and help protect the spine. During a car accident, the traumatic impact can place enough pressure on the spine to cause the jelly-like disc it to bulge or herniate. When this happens, the bulging disc can place pressure on the spinal nerves, causing back pain and symptoms in other parts of the body too.
Symptoms of a herniated disc include:
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Weakness in your muscles
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Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. It can lead to back pain, weakness in the lower body, and a burning or numbness in the legs and buttocks. The symptoms of spinal stenosis can cause severe pain, and in some cases even lead to temporary or permanent disability.
In many cases, victims who undergo surgery require several months to recover before they are able to regain mobility and get back to their daily lives.
Sprains and Strains
Back sprains and strains are injuries to the ligaments or muscles and tendons, respectively. These injuries often affect the victim’s lower back, and can be accompanied by muscle spasms and difficulty walking or standing up.
Many treatments exist for injuries like this, including pain medication, muscle relaxants, heat therapy, cold packs, or chiropractic procedures.
Spinal Cord Injury
Injuries to the spinal cord are among the most severe and devastating injuries from car accidents. Sometimes, these injuries are so severe that rehabilitation is not enough to give the victims the same quality of life they had before the injury. Some suffer complete or incomplete paralysis below the site of the injury, which may be permanent or temporary.
Along with the pain and other symptoms, spinal cord injuries also come with enormous, long-term costs, including the cost of surgeries and other medical treatment, assistive devices like wheelchairs, and lost earning potential because of limitations related to the injury. Talk to a lawyer about all of the costs associated with spinal cord injuries, or other back injuries.
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Talk to David Bressman after a Back Injury from a Car Accident
Back injuries are among the most debilitating injuries people suffer in car accident. They affect your ability to sleep, walk, and accomplish many of the everyday tasks that we take for granted. If you were in a car accident that caused a back injury, get help from a Columbus back injury attorney at Bressman Law. Let us fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries so you can start to get your life back on track.
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