Auto accident victims often struggle with back sprains and strains, also referred to as lumbar sprains and strains. Below are some frequently asked questions on this common back injury.
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A back sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another in your joints, as said by the Mayo Clinic.
A back strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon, a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones.
Generally, a back sprain occurs when a ligament in an auto accident victim’s back is torn or overextended as a result of severe stress on a joint.
A back strain occurs when a muscle in the back is torn or becomes strained or pulled “when it stretches unusually far or abruptly.
Back sprains and strains frequently result in severe low back pain for auto accident victims. The resulting low back pain occurs in a broad area across the victim’s back and is typically accompanied by painful muscle spasms that can strike at any time: During activity or even during sleep.
Additionally, back sprains and strains cause marked restriction and painful limitation in a person’s range of motion.
It’s not uncommon to see back sprain or strain sufferers bent over and unable to straighten up or maintain a normal posture, or participate in normal activities of daily living such as sitting, standing, walking, driving, etc.
The back is fragile and the road to recovery can be long and frustrating. Our back injury attorneys understand this and can offer valuable help and assistances. We have achieved the top personal injury settlements and verdicts in Michigan for years by understanding the underlying medicine and the issues involved in treatment and recovery of back injuries.
Back injury treatment initially usually involves non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications. A rehabilitation program involving physical therapy is also prescribed. Physical therapy with ultra-sound, heat and ice applied to the lower back region can allow the muscle spasms to relax. Exercises to stretch out painfully contracted muscles which are in spasm, followed by muscle strengthening exercises to build up the muscles, can prevent further sprain and strain back injuries.
Every person and back injury is different. With back sprain and back strain, the muscle typically recovers nearly 70 percent to 100 percent, with some minimal scar tissue, if the personal injury caused tearing of the muscle. Recurrent episodes of sprain and strain back injury to the lumbar spine may be prevented by a conscientious daily exercise program to stretch and strengthen the lumbar spine muscles. This will avoid muscles that are weak and chronically underused.
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