Neck and Back Injury Lawyer
Neck injuries vary from whiplash, one of the most common and annoying injuries caused by car accidents, to disk injuries. Whiplash is an injury frequently associated with rear-end impacts. Whiplash injures the soft tissues made up of nerves, ligaments, and muscles. It may be temporary or permanent and can effect all aspects of life. If whiplash lasts for more than a few days after a car accident, physicians will prescribe medications and often refer the patient to physical therapists or chiropractors for rehabilitative therapy.
The nerves, ligaments and muscles of the back may also be traumatized in a car or other accident causing pain and inflammation. Prescriptive medications are often used initially but for continuing pain and inflammation, patients are sent to physical therapists or chiropractors for rehabilitative therapy. Such therapy generally includes infrared heat, hot packs, paraffin bath, hydrotherapy, diathermy, cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, muscle strengthening, traction, massage, or acupuncture. Another common treatment is steroid injection.
Intervertebral discs make up the spine. The disks lie between each bone (vertebrae) in the spine and form joints giving spines flexibility. Discs are made up of an outer skin called an annulus that surrounds the inner nucleus, a jelly-like substance. If the annulus is torn, a disc may herniate and need surgery. Disks in the neck and spine may bulge, slip or rupture, hence the phrases bulging disc, slipped disc, and ruptured disc. CT scans and MRI scans are often used to diagnose disc injuries. Symptoms of spinal injuries include arm and/or leg weakness, paralysis, difficulty breathing, numbness, tingling, and abnormal bowel or bladder control. Disc injuries causing these symptoms may require surgery to remove disc material or spinal fusion.
Neck and back injuries impair one’s ability to earn income and impair quality of life. When a neck or back injury is caused by another person’s negligence, the negligent party and their insurance company should be held accountable. If you or a loved one has sustained a neck or back injury through no fault of your own, please call personal injury attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm today in order to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.