How To Classify Your Back Pain After An Accident

Personal Injury
Back Injury

Back injuries are among the most difficult types of injuries to diagnose and treat. Moreover, these injuries are often deceiving. A soft-tissue injuries study analyzed the symptoms of those who had been in car crashes for a full 15 years after the collision. The study revealed that low-back pain was still present in 35 percent of the individuals participating in the study 15 years later. Misjudging potential injuries after a car crash, sports accident, slip and fall or another type of incident can be a costly mistake. Even minor injuries have proven to cause long-lasting effects. Never make the mistake of assuming your pain will go away on its own. Enlist the help of a qualified personal injury attorney immediately.

Why is back pain common after a car crash?
During a collision, whether the driver struck a stationary object or another vehicle rear-ended the driver ahead of them, the vehicle’s occupants experience a tremendous amount of force during a crash. The force has the potential to strain muscles, joints, and bones causing serious injuries. There are two types of pain generating injuries in the spine that are quite common in car collisions, disc injuries and facet joint injuries.

Discogenic injuries: Pain associated with the spinal discs is called discogenic pain. Spinal discs are round pieces of cartilage that act as a cushion between each bone. This cartilage makes up the spine and allows for movement and stability. Damage to one or more of the spinal discs may result in intense lifelong pain.

We experience discogenic pain for two reasons:

  • The discs will gradually deteriorate over time or
  • Sudden acute trauma such as a car wreck.

Someone suffering from discogenic pain may feel sharp, uncomfortable pain in the back that can shoot to the buttocks, legs, and feet. Every person’s pain is unique. For some, bending, sitting or standing for extended periods of time may agitate the discogenic injury causing severe pain. However, others may experience intense pain while lying completely still.

Facet joint injuries. These joints are what allows the spine to move easily and support our weight. Surrounded by a flexible membrane, facet joints secrete a fluid to lubricate the joints to facilitate movement between each vertebra. Additionally, facet joints and spinal discs work together to allow controlled movement throughout the entire body. A person with a facet joint injury will experience low back pain that may extend to the buttocks and legs.

Muscle spasms are common symptoms correlating to facet joint pain. For example, an injured person attempting to bend over may experience acute muscle spasms. These spasms restrict movement that may lead to further damage to the area.

Classifications of back pain

Back pain is generally classified as acute, sub-acute or chronic. Acute pain is short-term and the underlying problem may heal anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Sub-acute pain can last from one month, up to three months. Pain lasting for longer than three months is known as chronic pain.

Acute pain is an indication that something is wrong. It is recommended you see a medical professional, even if you feel your injury is minor. If acute pain is not treated adequately, the patient’s healing process will be interrupted and failing to treat acute pain may also lead to unnecessary complications in the future.

Some patients who suffer from sub-acute pain have a good chance of a full recovery within 100 days. Others will go from experiencing sub-acute pain to chronic pain. This type of pain is somewhere between acute and chronic pain.

Chronic pain is the opposite of acute pain and develops slowly. It often interferes with the patient’s daily productivity, as the pain may be so severe that they are not able to perform daily routine tasks often leading to pain-dominated depression. Unfortunately, chronic pain is persistent and long-lasting, or it may recur constantly. This level of pain may require assessment and treatment by a multidisciplinary team that can address the complexities of the pain.

Why you want a Back Injury Attorney on your side

When it comes to personal injuries, the area that should get the most attention is your health and recovery. A qualified and experienced Back Injury Attorney will have the knowledge necessary to encourage you to seek the right level of treatment for your injuries. Your attorney will also ensure you are getting the proper treatment throughout your recovery. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, pain, suffering, lost wages and more.

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