How Do Back Injuries Occur?
One of the most common types of injuries a person can suffer is a back injury. Almost everyone has experienced some back pain in their lives, from a mild injury to debilitating pain that makes it difficult to walk. Some forms of back pain go away quickly—within days or weeks—while pain from severe accidents and injuries can linger for months or even years. Back pain can be persistent and require painkillers, physical therapy and chiropractic care. In some cases, surgery may even be needed.
Two main types of back injury are spondylolisthesis and cervical radiculopathy. Spondylolisthesis affects the spinal bones known as the lower vertebrae. It causes one of the bones to slip forward onto the bone directly beneath it. While painful, this condition is almost always treatable. Cervical radiculopathy occurs when the root of a nerve is diseased. It can be caused by a pinched nerve or tumor. One of the most common types of cervical radiculopathy is sciatica.
However, when most people injure their back, it is usually due to muscle strain. Muscle strain typically caused lower back pain. It occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled or twisted. This can be caused by overuse or repetitive movement.
Causes of Back Injuries
People get back injuries in various ways. Many are caused by workplace accidents, such as bending over and lifting too much weight. Some office workers get back strain from sitting in chairs too long, with poor posture. Doing chores at home, such as cleaning floors or gardening, can cause back injuries.
Many people are injured in automobile accidents. Collisions with cars, trucks and motorcycles can lead to whiplash and other back injuries due to the impact. Crashes involving bicycles or pedestrians can cause a person to get knocked over. If they land on their back, they can experience significant pain.
Sports can also cause back injuries. Quick movements and repetitive motions can cause strains. Contact sports such as football and wrestling can lead to more severe injuries, especially if a person is hit at full force or falls onto the ground and lands on their back. This is why adequate stretching is important before any athletic event, even if it’s just sports practice.
You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer back pain. Even minimal activity can lead to back injuries. Sleeping in a bad position or on a hard mattress can cause someone to wake up with back pain. Simply twisting the body the wrong way can lead to painful muscle strain.
Contact a Chicago Back Injury Lawyer Today
Back injuries have many causes and can lead to serious injuries. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, such as a car crash or workplace accident, then you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
The Chicago back injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD can help. We understand that back injuries can be painful and take a long time to heal. To schedule a free consultation, call 312-800-0000 or fill out the online request form.