Neck and Back Injuries
Many individuals suffer from minor neck and back pain. However, some neck and back injuries can be very serious, sometimes even permanently disabling. Neck and back injuries can also result in chronic pain.
Back and neck injuries are one of the most frequent reported reasons for missed work, and one of the most frequent complaints made to doctors. Neck and Back injuries usually result when there has been a trauma causing a serious injury or irritation to the complex structures of the back or neck. Most back and neck injuries are the result of trauma caused by traffic accidents, with soft tissue injuries being the most common. 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. Tenderness, stiffness or spasms in the muscles of the neck and back, as well as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vision impairment and memory difficulty can be symptoms of a back or neck injury. Pain, tingling, numbness, or paralysis of an extremity can indicate that a more severe injury has occurred and immediate treatment should be sought from a medical professional.
Treatment of neck and back injuries can involve physical therapy and medication to surgery. When neck and back injuries occur they can cause severe physical as well as emotional hardships for the individual. 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 experienced attorney who can advise as to whether or not you have a valid claim and as to the best course of action to take. Ross Downs would appreciate the opportunity to be a resource to you.