Many victims of Maryland motor vehicle accidents feel pain in their backs and necks after the mishaps. The pain results from the force of the impact, even if the accident wasn’t severe. Many injuries have a delayed onset of symptoms, making it important for accident victims to get medical treatment soon after the mishap.
Spinal stenosis is a common post-accident condition
Spinal stenosis is a commonly misunderstood condition that can develop after motor vehicle accidents. This condition involves narrowing the spinal column and putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to pain. Its symptoms are similar to other spine and neck injuries, as pain, numbness and tingling can develop. Spinal stenosis symptoms generally involve pain in the neck and shoulders with tingling and even weakness in the shoulders, arms and legs.
Medical professionals diagnose spinal stenosis through X-rays, MRIs and CT scans. These diagnostic tools can pinpoint where any narrowing has occurred, compressing the spinal column. Treatments vary depending on the condition’s severity and can include pain relievers, physical therapy and chiropractic care. For severe cases, surgeries that make more room for the spinal column or spinal fusion may be necessary to relieve and eliminate pain.
Back injuries can disrupt your life
An accurate diagnosis of your back injury is essential. The pain accompanying spinal stenosis can become devastating, and if surgery becomes necessary, the recovery process is often lengthy. Medical bills can pile up quickly after a car accident, especially if you are unable to work.
Whenever you suffer a spinal or another type of injury due to the negligence of others, you have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation for your pain and suffering. Use funds from a successful claim to pay for medical and living expenses and make life more comfortable.