If you have been in an accident, whether it be a car or truck accident, a motorcycle accident, or a slip and fall, it is more than possible that you injured your neck or your back. In these types of accidents, the spinal cord can all too easily carry the brunt of the force of impact and the consequences can be painful and even debilitating. Left untreated, neck and back injuries can get worse quickly and progress over time. Be aware of any symptoms you are experiencing after an accident, not just immediately following an accident, but days and weeks later. Neck and back pain can be delayed several days following an accident, masked by post-accident endorphins or the pain of other injuries you may have sustained. Get examined by a medical professional and follow your recommended treatment plan.
What Type of Treatments Can You Receive for Neck and Back Accident Injuries?
The nature and extent of the treatment you receive for a neck or back accident injury will, of course, greatly depend on the nature and extent of the injury itself. More serious injuries may require surgery to properly address. For instance, if one of your vertebral discs has ruptured in the accident, you may need a disc fusion. This is where the vertebrae in the spine are fused together so that they do not rub together in the absence of the disc cushion that has ruptured. The fusion prevents damage to the discs from them rubbing together as well as working to help prevent the pain that can be associated with the friction of two vertebrae rubbing together.
If you have sustained a spinal fracture, you may also need surgery. Many spinal fractures, however, do not require surgery. Instead, the fracture will heal on its own if properly treated and addressed. You may need to wear a back brace to stabilize your spine while the fracture heals so you do not sustain further damage to it.
In neck and back injury cases where surgery is merited, and when it is not merited, it may be recommended that you undergo physical therapy to help your spine heal through stretching to release built-up tension and building muscle to help support and strengthen the spine. You may also receive massage therapy to help release tension build-up due to the injury or healing process.
Pain medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, may also be recommended by your treating physicians. Not only can it help reduce the pain you may be experiencing, but it can also help reduce inflammation. You may also be ordered to rest to aid in the healing process, as well as try out hot and cold therapy to help you heal and relieve any pain, discomfort, and stiffness you may be experiencing
Personal Injury Attorneys
Consistent medical treatment and follow-up care can be crucial to you properly healing from your accident injuries. It is also important to note that your medical records will be key pieces of evidence in any personal injury claim or lawsuit you plan to file. To get the monetary recovery you deserve for your injuries, SoCal Injury Lawyers will fight for you. Contact us today.