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According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees to miss work worldwide. Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic also reports that in the US, approximately 80% of adults will experience back pain prevalently in their lives. Back pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat, creating a potential for long-lasting medical issues, loss of independence, and psychological scarring.
Our Cleveland back injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have decades of combined experience in back injury cases, and will ensure that you retain the best care and outcome for your back injuries, whether they’re related to home accidents, sporting events, or bodily wear and tear. They have the knowledge and understanding you need to navigate complex legal processes while also dealing with painful personal injury. We advocate for neck and back injury patients in a variety of circumstances through both short-term and long-term care.
Types of Back Pain and Back Injuries
Back pain transmits from the body’s nervous system and is often an underlying cause of more significant – and sometimes chronic – problems. Pain resulting from bulging discs, back muscle strains or osteoarthritis can be inhibiting to the point of immobility.
Since the lumbar spine – lower back – supports the bulk of human body weight, it is particularly prone to injury and pain, subsequently affecting other parts of the body, including the upper spine and neck. Back and neck pain can range from mild to severe depending on the amount of injury, and it can be acute or chronic.
- Acute lower back pain: often sourced in the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs, this intense pain is generally quite sudden – caused by tight muscles, inflamed joints, or degenerative discs – but typically disappears within days or weeks of an accident.
- Chronic back pain: characterized by lasting three or more months, and its severity may ebb and flow depending on a person’s physical activities. It’s often hard to diagnose the source of chronic back pain; however, nerve damage, scar tissue, arthritis and even psychological stress are known to exacerbate chronic back pain.
Your back or spinal pain may relate to injuries or other conditions, including:
- Muscle Strain (often related to strenuous or physical activities)
- Herniated or bulging discs (compression of back nerves as the result of a burst spinal disc)
- Osteoarthritis (degenerative disc disease)
- Stenosis (compression of the spinal cord against nerves in the back)
- Lumbar (spine) injuries from sports-related activities, falls, or car accidents
Symptoms of Back Injuries
According to Ohio’s Mayfield Clinic, symptoms of back injuries may involve the following types of pain in the neck, back, buttocks, thighs, and knees:
- Burning, stabbing or shooting pains
- Pressure or tingling
- Pain that spreads to the buttocks, thighs or knees
- Muscle spasms
- Cauda Equina Syndrome (loss of bladder or bowel function control)
Common Causes of Back Injuries
Spinal injuries and back pain can result from serious impact due to:
- Car accidents
- Football and contact sports-related impact
- Athletic wear and tear
- Slip and falls
- Impact from jumping/landing
- Dynamic, daily wear and tear from regular activities
Back injuries can wreak serious havoc on the body and cause physical damage as well as cause psychological side effects. These side effects may be severe enough to cause permanent or long-lasting damage. Back injuries may be keeping you in varying degrees of pain, out of work, on disability, in debt, or simply unable to participate in your day-to-day life at full capacity. Back injuries can require both nonsurgical care as well as invasive surgery, and could also require weeks of physical therapy to rectify the problem and eliminate the pain.
Common Solutions to Back Injuries
The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center points out that while back and neck pain are sometimes difficult to diagnose, people do have access to a variety of pain relief and treatment. Proposed degrees of treatment for Ohio back pain victims include:
- Conservative measures: massages, chiropractic adjustments, and occupational therapy.
- Moderately non-invasive treatment: acupuncture and tissue manipulation techniques, and integrative medicine.
- Invasive treatment: spinal surgery.
Ohio medical professionals typically recommend beginning back treatment options conservatively before progressing to more aggressive measures for long-term chronic pain and severe back injuries.
Seeking Compensation after a Back Injury
If you or a loved one have sustained a back or neck injury at work, in an automobile accident, sports accident, or through the actions or negligence of another person or entity, you may be entitled to open a back injury case while seeking compensation for your loss. Medical treatment and rehabilitation related to back injuries is often long-term, and can be incredibly costly, and workers’ compensation can sometimes be hard to prove. That is why it is important to seek payment for damages if you believe you are not at fault for your back injuries.
Back injuries and back pain of any degree may qualify you to make a back injury compensation claim, our KNR Cleveland back injury attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation for back and neck injuries.
Our Cleveland Back Injury Lawyers Can Help You
The experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for post-accident injuries and back pain you or a loved one sustained from activity-related experiences, accidents, or negligence. KNR works out of eleven locations throughout the state of Ohio, which means we cover extensive ground throughout all Ohio cities. In addition to back injuries, our diverse team of attorneys have skills in numerous legal areas including wrongful deaths, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding your back injuries, call our experienced personal injury attorneys in Cleveland at (216) 658-1330 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.