A remarkable amount of force is in play when automobiles collide with one another or other objects. This powerful force has the potential to cause life-changing injuries. The lower back injury referred to as activation/aggravation of spinal stenosis is one of the more common injuries that impacts the spinal canal. The symptoms have the potential to be severe enough that they cause disability. If you have spinal stenosis or any other injury resulting from a car accident, contact our Wilmington, NC attorneys right away to schedule a review of your case.
A Closer Look at Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in which the spinal cord is positioned. The narrowing of the spinal cord and accompanying roots has the potential to lead to an array of symptoms. As an example, those plagued by this typically suffer back pain, heightened pain when walking or standing, foot drop and lower body weakness. Furthermore, some of those delaying with spinal stenosis have to deal with burning, tingling and numbness in the legs and/or the buttocks. The sad truth is it merely takes on negligent driver to create a violent collision in which structures along the lower back are significantly damaged. A single accident really can cause an aggravation of spinal stenosis or worsen a congenital condition in which the spinal canal is overly-narrow.
The Diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis Aggravation
Spinal stenosis is somewhat challenging to diagnose. The symptoms and other injuries might not be obvious in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident. However, every auto accident victim should meet with a reputable medical professional for a diagnosis immediately after the accident. This medical evaluation and ensuing reports will help prove a causal relationship between the car accident and your injury.
The typical doctor will assess auto accident victims by pressing along the spine to determine if the pressure elicits pain. The doctor will also take an X-ray of the lower back for a clear view of what, exactly, happened to the vertebrae during the accident. This medical professional might also rely on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to analyze the spinal cord’s soft tissues. If the doctor determines stenosis is present, he or she will also likely perform additional tests to determine if it is possible for something else such as a brain tumor or stroke to have caused the stenosis.
The Two Types of Spinal Stenosis
There are two primary types. The position of the damage determines which type of stenosis is present. Cervical spinal stenosis is present when there is compression in the neck. This is a serious condition as narrowing usually takes place in the central spinal cord channel. Such compression is likely to cause pain along with symptoms of numbness and/or weakness. It is even possible for cervical spinal stenosis to lead to paralysis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis impacts the lower back. The spinal nerve root pathways can narrow and protrude from the back to other areas of the body. If these nerves are compressed, you will feel a tingling sensation. If the stenosis moves from the lower back to the legs, buttocks or thighs, sciatica is present.
You Deserve Compensation if Your Post-Accident Back Pain
Do not assume your post-accident back pain is nothing to worry about! Even if you do not feel significant pain, you should still meet with a doctor for an assessment as this analysis will lay the groundwork for establishing a causal relationship between the collision and your injury. There is the potential for your spinal stenosis to worsen and possibly preclude you from working full-time or even part-time. Meet with our personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your car accident so we can determine if there is a good chance to obtain compensation for your spinal stenosis and/or other accident-related injuries.
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