Low Back Pain (LBP)
Low back pain (LBP) is one the most frequent problems treated by spine physicians, or doctors of osteopathy. Four of five adults will experience low back pain during their life, and it can be caused by any number of factors coming into play with the three segments of the spine.
There are twenty-four vertebrae composing the three segments of your spinal column. The cervical spine is made up of seven total vertebrae; the thoracic spine contains a total of twelve vertebrae and the lumbar spine is just five vertebrae.
The spinal column itself is held in alignment by ligaments, cartilage and muscles that surround and offer protection to the spinal cord. Between each of the vertebrae is a spongy disc, which acts as a cushioning pad which absorbs pressure and allows the spine natural movement.
Low back pain (LBP) can be caused by any of the following factors:
- Low back strain or sprain that occurs when the muscles of the back are overworked or stretched beyond their limits. Sudden trauma can injure ligaments, which can become stiff or weak.
- Vertebrae can be crushed or compressed as a result of a fall from a significant height, or an accident. The vertebrae can also be chipped by forceful injuries.
- A protruding disc, in which an injury to the annulus causes it to tear and allow the nucleus to protrude, can impinge on the spinal cord and cause severe radiating pain down the legs.
- Surgeons performing a back procedure might insert hardware incorrectly, cut the spinal cord or otherwise fail to perform the operation or postoperative care correctly according to the standard care procedures.
Symptoms of low back pain (LBP) can include:
- Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing.
- Pain that does radiate down the leg, as well as pain that moves around the groin.
- Pain that tends to be overall achy, or rather dull in nature.
- Severe muscle spasms.
- Local soreness upon touch.
Complications can arise when an injury does not heal properly, or when damage involves the permanent loss of mobility for an accident victim. In both cases, quality of life is impacted as injury victims are not able to complete daily tasks.
Making a spinal cord injury claim is a complex process. Low back injury claims are involved and take ample time to resolve. The evaluation process requires an experienced attorney, one who is well-versed in low back injury law and prepared to pull apart and understand the medical issues associated with your back injury. The right attorney will be able to identify rehabilitative medicine which will help an accident victim, explain to a court the realities of increased mortality rates and pull together solid evidence of potential future medical expenses.
If you or a loved one has suffered a low back injury, it is important to consult with a Tampa back injury attorney as soon as you are able. At Hunter Law, P.A. we deal with the red tape after a low back injury, allowing you the time to concentrate on your recovery. Call a back injury lawyer from Hunter Law, P.A. at 855.350.HURT to schedule a free consultation for your case.