Back and neck injuries are, according to health agencies are the most common reason for missed work, and one of the most common complaints made to doctors.
Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading causes of back and neck injuries in the United States. Back and neck injuries can result in spinal cord injuries. Depending on what area of the spine that the back and neck injuries have been suffered will result in what affect it has on that individual. Back and neck injuries can involve the muscle, ligaments, spine or other joints or tissues. Some back and neck injuries result from repeated small injuries, improper posture, or general bad habits (such as improper lifting or bending), but the most traumatic injuries usually come from accidents, such as automobile accidents, slip and falls, occupational accidents, etc.
Because the back and neck are fairly complex, structurally speaking, they can be easy to damage in a traumatic situation. If the spine or head moves too quickly or abruptly in a back and forth, side to side, or twisting fashion, you can tear soft tissues, rupture the discs that cushion vertebrae, or even damage or sever the spinal cord. While most back and neck injuries merely present a nuisance, some forms of back and neck injuries, especially those involving the spine, can result in debilitating pain or even paralysis.
Severe back and neck injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Slipped/herniated discs
- Compression fractures
Even in what seems to be relatively minor accidents people can injure their neck and back. The force generated by an accident forces the spine forward and backward, or side to side. This can tear and stretch muscle, resulting in painful injuries. The soft disks that are between the vertebrae can also tear a more serious injury.
Left untreated, the back and neck injuries will continue to worsen, causing greater problems. It is always better to air on the side of caution when in an accident and have especially potentially serious problems like back and neck injuries checked out.
A back and neck injuries lawyer can recover damages for the financial losses suffered from the back and neck injuries, in addition to the pain and suffering both physically and emotionally.