Back & Neck
Larry King Law Helps Accident Victims
The back can refer to any area adjacent to the spine running from the neck
to the coccyx. There are many accident causes back injury. Pain in the
back can due to a muscle strain or pull or something extremely serious.
Any type of trauma may lead to a person experiencing lower back pain.
These include motor vehicle accidents, falls and direct blows to the back.
There are other causes for lower back pain and these include a ruptured
disc, occupation (i.e. sitting or standing for long periods of time),
being overweight, tumors or infections of the back. Occasional a person
could experience back pain without a definitive causative reason.
“Whiplash” injury affects the neck when it is snapped in backward
or forward motion forcefully. This back and forth jerking motion causes
the neck to move beyond its normal limits. This type of injury usually
occurs in an accident situation and can involve the muscles, tendons,
disks, blood vessels and nerves in the neck. Dependent upon the severity
of the accident and the force of the motion, the jerking motion may result
in bulging or herniated discs, compression, stretching or tearing of cervical
nerves and soft tissue/muscle injuries. Accidents that may result in a
whiplash injury include motor vehicle accidents (i.e. rear end collision)
and sports related accidents (i.e. being tackled from behind forcefully).
Accident victims with whiplash may develop pain or stiffness in the front
and/or back of neck, pain between the shoulders, dizziness, headache and/or
occasional nausea and vomiting. These symptoms may develop immediately
following the incident or take up to 24 hours to develop. Victims may
develop complications of temporary numbness and weakness in the arms if
their nerve roots were affected with the whiplash injury.
Treatment of whiplash/neck pain often includes medications, ice/heat and
physical therapy. With appropriate treatment, whiplash often resolves
between 1 week and 3 months.
Accident victims with a lower back injury may complain of pain in the lower
back. Pain may occur immediately following an incident or take hours after
the injury to develop. Lower back pain can be described from a mildly
aching to severe, limiting pain that does not allow a person to continue
with their normal activities. Injured persons may also experience pain
shooting down their leg, buttocks or thigh. This is often as a result
of compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve. If the pain is due to
a muscular reason, a person may often experience a worsening of the pain
with movement, sneezing, or coughing.
Accident victims with ruptured or herniated discs often experience excruciating
pain with numbness or pain radiating down the buttocks, thigh and leg.
Discs are a soft cartilage material between the vertebras that allows
for padding and shock absorption. The discs allow the back to movement
and bend freely, providing cushioning between the bony structures of the
spine. Natural degeneration due to age, repetitive poor posture or an
accident or back injury may result in a weakening of the discs. Each disc
has a soft fluid type material that begins to bulge through the cartilage
when the disc has been weakened. This is often referred to as a “bulging
disc.” Any incident could result in this bulging disc to completely
rupture through, resulting in a ruptured disc. Often, severe pain is a
result of the rupture.
Physical therapy rest and medications is often prescribed to accident victims
with back injuries and pain. Physical therapy is often prescribed to assist
with strengthening back muscles. Treatment and care may include a back
brace and utilize hot or cold packs to the area. However, a severely injured
person with continued pain after physical therapy may require surgery
if they sustained a ruptured disc. Always get prompt medical attention
for yourself or anyone suffering a back injury. If you, a friend, or loved
one have wrongfully suffered from a back injury, you ask why, and take
immediate steps to protect your or their legal interest. Consider the
suggestions in our
accident guide, and call us immediately. We are here to help.
At Larry King Law, we recognize the unique issues pertaining accident victims.
You can call us at 757-209-2265 or contract us with this sites
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to doing the extra things it takes to help our clients. We are committed
to doing the extra things it takes to help our clients.