Neck and Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
The human body is not meant to withstand the force of impact that can occur in a serious car accident. Seat belts and airbags cannot always prevent certain injuries, particularly if it was a high-speed accident. Back and neck injuries are common car accident injuries that can be extremely painful and debilitating, particularly if left untreated. Two of the most common types of spinal injuries are disc and facet joint injuries, both of which can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.
Discogenic Injuries: When an individual’s spinal discs have been damaged because of sudden trauma, like a car accident, it can cause intense pain. Proper diagnosis by a skilled practitioner may require an MRI or tomography to determine the nature of the injury. Most people experience pain in the lower part of the spine due to the following conditions:
- Lumbar sprains: This involves excessive stretching of the ligaments, muscles, or tendons in the back because of excessive force on the back, like a car accident. A doctor will diagnose a lumbar sprain based on experience and a patient consultation.
- Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the bone channel where the spinal nerves and spinal cord are housed. A car accident can cause spinal stenosis if a ruptured disk or bone fragment applies pressure to the spinal cord or nerves.
- Disc herniation: This type of injury occurs when the filling of a ruptured disc encounters the surrounding nerves, which can be extremely painful.
- Degenerative spinal disorders: This is a general term that refers to many different spinal injuries, including bulging discs, herniated discs, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, and pinched nerves.
The first line of treatment for discogenic back pain is physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication. If these do not provide enough pain relief, epidural corticosteroids are often effective at resolving pain. Surgery is an option when no other treatments provide sufficient pain relief.
Facet Joint Injuries: Facet joints help lubricate the joints and allow the spine to move easily. They help support the body’s weight and ensure that the spine can move easily while preventing it from moving too much in one direction. Common symptoms of facet joint injuries include muscle spasms and back and neck pain, which may also be signs of spinal disc issues, so proper diagnosis is critical to receiving the best treatment. Standard x-rays can detect facet joint injuries, and CT scans can help rule out other issues related to the facets. A facet joint block, which uses dye to highlight areas of concern, can provide more detailed information about the injury.
Treatment Options for Facet Joint Pain
- Hot/Cold Compress: Depending on your physician’s recommendations, this treatment option typically involves 15 minutes of either hot or cold therapy, every two to three hours.
- Medication: Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Chiropractic Therapy: A qualified chiropractor may be able to help reduce the pain through alignment techniques and other exercises.
- Exercise: If you have gotten approval from your doctor, exercise can help reduce spasms and stiffness.
Baltimore Car Wreck Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Car Accident Victims
If you have suffered a back or neck injury in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car wreck lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve, protecting your legal rights every step of the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.February 28, 2018