Many individuals suffer from minor neck and back pain. However, trauma to the neck and back can lead to chronic pain,Â spinal cord injury, orÂ permanent disability. These usually resultÂ from a seriousÂ injury or irritation to the complex structures of the back or neck.Â If trauma occurs, the neck and back should be splinted and movement should be avoided. Accurately determining the cause and extent of the injury is important. The vertebral column has many ligaments and muscles that protect the spinal cord and assist in movement. Injury to any of these structures may cause significant and debilitating pain, even if a neck or back injury does not involve the nerves.
Most back and neck injuries are the result of trauma caused by traffic accidents, with soft tissue injuries being the most common.Â Yet, neck and back injuries can also result from falls, sport, work accidents, and defective products. Typical types of neck and back injuries include: compression fractures, herniated, ruptured, or slipped disks, connective tissue injuries, whiplash and spinal cord injuries.
When neck and back injuries occur they can cause severe physical as well as emotional hardships for the individual.Â Treatment can involve physical therapy, medication, and sometimesÂ surgery.Â Not only may there be extreme pain, there can be extensive medical bills, stress due to an inability to perform necessary day-to-day tasks, limited ability to work and loss of wages due to missed work.
If your neck and back injuries are caused by the negligent conduct of another, you should seek consultation with an experiencedÂ lawyer who can advise as to whether or not you have a valid claim and as to the best course of action to take.
Someone with a neck or back injury may have localized pain, tenderness, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vision impairment and memory difficulty. Muscles on either side of the spinal column may spasm immediately after an injury or up to 24 hours later. Numbness, tingling, or paralysis of an extremity indicates that a more serious injury may have occurred, and immediate treatment should be sought from a medical professional. Any penetrating injury to the neck or back alsoÂ requires immediate treatment. Leave the object in place until medical personnel can remove it.
If this sounds like your situation, we strongly suggest that you contact us.