Minnesota Neck and Back Injury Lawyer
Neck and back injuries are extremely common injuries following motor vehicle accidents. Doctors know that 15-40% of patients with acute neck and back injury develop chronic pain.
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The spine is made up of a column of 33 vertebrae and tissue extending from the skull to the pelvis. These vertebrae enclose and protect a cylinder of nerve tissues known as the spinal cord. Between each of the vertebra is an intervertebral disc that serves as a shock absorber between the vertebrae. The discs make up 25% of the length of the spinal column. The types of vertebrae are:
- cervical vertebrae: the upper most seven vertebrae of the neck
- thoracic vertebrae: the 12 bones between the neck and the lower back
- lumbar vertebrae: the five largest and strongest vertebrae in the lower back
- The other nine vertebrae are in the sacrum and coccyx and located at the base of the spine. The sacrum is a section of five fused vertebrae, while the coccyx (tailbone) is four vertebrae fused together.
Most of the back injuries occur in either the cervical or lumbar regions. A back injury may be sustained in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or slip and fall accident. There are many types of back injuries, including:
- herniated disc / bulging disc / ruptured disc / slipped disc
- compression fracture
- facet joint injury
- burst fracture
- spinal stenosis
- soft tissue injury
A back injury can be life-altering, leading to chronic or acute pain as well as muscle weakness, lack of muscle coordination, numbness and / or tingling in the extremities.
Diagnosis of pain Generator
Doctors know the first thing they have to do to diagnose and treat a neck/back injury after a car crash is to determine which of one of the structures in the spine is causing the pain. Usually the doctor’s start by ordering what is called conservative care such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, rest or exercise. If that doesn’t work, they may try diagnostic imaging such as MRI, CT scan or x-ray. The pain generators can include such things as:
- Soft tissue injury
- Disc injury
- Facet joint injury
- Fracture injury
Once the doctors determine a diagnosis of what structure is the most likely generator of pain, the doctors can determine the best course of treatment. Treatment may be designed to cure the problem or provide pain relief of the problem on either a temporary or permanent basis. Treatment for neck and back injury includes the following:
- Conservative care
- Radio-frequency Neurotomy (RFN)
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