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Don't Underestimate The Seriousness Of A Back Injury

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A back injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries people can get in car crashes, fall down accident and injuries at work.  They can range from a temporary tweak to a very serious, debilitating kind of injury which could require multiple surgeries and mean that you may never return to work.  

But the real danger of a back injury is this:  ALMOST ALL BACK INJURIES HAVE THE SAME NAGGING PAIN OR TIGHTNESS IMMEDIATELY AFTER AN ACCIDENT AND IN SOME CASES THE PAIN INCREASES RATHER THAN DECREASES WITH TIME.    So, having the same symptoms, you don't know whether your injury will get better or how serious it is until weeks or months later.  

That means that thousands of people who have been involved in a auto accident or a work injury start out with mild tightness and complaints of pain.  The pain and tightness and disability grows over the hours and days after the back injury.  And then, for the more minor injuries, the patient starts to get better, and for the unfortunate people with serious injuries, the pain get worse and worse until it is unbearable and debilitating.

Some back injuries involve actual broken bones — fracture of the bony vertebrae.  With this kind of back injury, pain and disability/inability to walk is almost instant after the crash or accident.

But the vast majority of back injuries involve the softer, gel-like disks in the back, which are between and cushion the vertebrae. Trauma like an accident, a fall, or a work injury, can result in damage or a tear to these disks, which are nature’s “shock absorbers” for your back.  Once a disk or disks are ruptured or herniated in your back, there are a couple of possibilities.

It may mean that after a recovery, you will be pretty much okay, even though you will have a permanently increased risk that a future trauma or injury will cause you further disk injury.  On the other end of the spectrum, if you have herniated disks with very bad pain and very limited activities of daily living, you could need surgery to try to take the pressure off of your back, since the disk is no longer a good “shock absorber”.

The most common back injury involves just the muscles, tendons and nerves of your back.  These are called “soft tissue” or “whiplash” or sprain-strain” type injuries.  The bad thing is that they can be just as painful and just as limiting to you as the more serious kinds of back injuries.  Many of these injuries get better after managing the pain and increasing blood flow and strengthening the surrounding muscles with physical therapy.

Unfortunately, some of these kind of muscle injuries never heal properly, and can become permanently painful condition for which there is no available surgery or cure.  These kinds of chronic pain injuries in the low back can only be treated with medication, changing your lifestyle, and therapy.   But too much medication is bad for your stomach and is also often bad for your kidney or liver.  There are other pain management options available.  Pain management doctors treat thousands of patients with chronic back pain every week  and new treatments are always being developed.

If you suffered a back injury, see a doctor immediately.  Nothing is more important than you health. Insurance companies love it when injured people with back injuries delay getting help, so that they can argue you were not really hurt.  There are lots of different kinds of back injuries with serious consequences for you and your family.

If you or a loved one has a back injury, contact your doctor and get an experienced attorney too.   The attorneys at LeBell, Dobroski, Morgan & Meylink have over 40 years experience helping the clients get the justice and compensation they deserve.  If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident, call our offices.