When you slip and fall on a spill in the detergent-aisle in the supermarket, your first instinct is to tell yourself that you are fine; just a slight pain in your lower back. Later, you realize you are far from fine as your back pain becomes debilitating.
Lower back trauma is actually a very common injury, occurring frequently as the result of car accidents, falls, violence, and sporting activities. Low-energy back injuries can occur even when you are hit at 5 miles per hour. The severity of your injury increases at higher speeds and often depends on the health of your spine, including your discs and the joints separating your discs.
If you think your injury isn’t severe, you may try to return to normal life. However, if you begin to notice numbness, tingling, or a radiating shock through your extremities, your injury is probably more serious than you thought. This is often referred to as radiculopathy and can mean a very serious injury to your spine. Calling Ladah Law Firm as soon as possible after your accident is your best strategy when this occurs.
Spinal surgery, and consequently fusion therapy, is sometimes needed immediately after your accident. If there is a collapse of the spine and the possibility of nerve damage, or a disc injury, surgery will be required as soon as feasible to take pressure off the spinal cord and nerves. In most other cases, however, conservative therapy will be attempted first. If conservative therapy, such as chiropractic treatment or physical therapy, is successful then you will be fortunate.
However, if the spine fails to heal and continues to collapse, or the radiating pain increases, surgery may be recommended. It can take several weeks or even several months to make this determination. A definitive prognosis for recovery from back injury isn’t something that can happen quickly. A lumbar and cervical spine injury that seems innocuous at first could escalate into major surgery and back fusion after several months. Making this determination takes time.
Fusion surgery, which often involves removing and disc and fusing the adjacent discs, may become necessary to reduce your symptoms and protect the spinal cord from injury when the spine continue to collapse. It is major surgery, sometimes approached from the front of the spine and other times from the back. If that sounds incredibly invasive, it is. The fusion occurs when screws, rods, and bone grafts fuse two or more spinal discs together to keep them aligned and to keep them from injuring the cord or other nerves.
When Fusion surgeries fail, a spinal cord stimulator may be necessary in order to reduce the severe pain. This does not fix the problem though, it only relieves some of the symptoms at times. This first involves a spinal cord stimulator trial, and if the trial helps relieve the symptoms then the permanent implantation of the stimulator may take place. There is a remote that controls the stimulator so that the symptoms can be controlled regularly to relieve your radiating pain.
Fusion surgery and stimulator implantation is often necessary for you to return to a normal life after a major car accident, slip and fall, truck accident, bus accident, or other type of major accident. At Ladah Law Firm, we understand that back injuries can get worse with time. We make sure you receive the compensation you need to cover your injuries today and into the future. Give us a call today for a free initial consultation: 702-252-0055.
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