An auto accident victim’s recovery from a back injury depends on the nature of the victim’s injury and the treatment options pursued. Below are the prognoses for some common back injuries that are caused by auto accidents in Michigan. Remember, every back injury and every accident victim is unique and heals differently.
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Back (bone) fractures tend to heal from the “inside-out,” which means the inside of the bone (medullary canal) heals first, and the outside heals last. Within the medullary canal are cells called “osteoblasts.” They fill the gap created by bone fractures and, eventually, transform into reparative bone matter.
Once the above process has begun inside the fractured bone, the “outside” repair process kicks into gear. Like the osteoblasts on the inside, a substance called “callus” covers and fills the exterior gap in the fracture.
Callus, which can be seen by x-ray, is used by medical personnel to assess the degree to which a bone fracture is healing successfully.
For auto accident victims who have suffered back sprains or back strains, they can expect recovery in nearly 70 percent to 100 percent of cases.
Fusion: According to the Mayo Clinic, fusion is typically an effective, long-term treatment for broken vertebrae, spinal deformities and spinal instability. However, fusion frequently does not eliminate all back pain. Additionally, it increases the chances of arthritis developing in adjoining vertebrae.
Diskectomy: Diskectomy surgery reduces herniated disk symptoms in 80 to 90 percent of people who have clear signs of nerve compression, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Laminectomy: Laminectomy surgery reduces symptoms in 60 to 90 percent of people who undergo the procedure, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Back injuries often require large treatment costs. If you are suffering from a back injury because of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensatory damage.
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