Back Strains & Sprains
Many individuals experience back pain after being involved in a car accident, a fall, workplace injury or other accident in Houston. A common cause of this pain is the strain or sprain of those muscles and/or tendons in your back that hold your spinal column in place. Although the words “strain” and “sprain” may sound minor or insignificant, back strain or sprain can cause severe, debilitating pain requiring immediate and continued medical treatment. A sprain or strain results from the overstretching of a muscle and can lead to tiny tears to that muscle or tendon. The strained/sprained or torn tissue then becomes inflamed causes great pain and/or back spasms.
If you experience back or neck pain following an accident, immediately seek medical treatment. Do not shrug it off as just a sore muscle – there may be something more there. Pain is the body’s way of letting us know that something is wrong. Persons involved in collisions or falls often avoid seeking treatment or ignore this pain thinking that it will subside. However, you should always seek the treatment of a trained medical doctor immediately after a fall or vehicle accident to ensure that all injuries have been diagnosed and are properly treated.
Muscle sprain or tendon/ligament strain is not often difficult to diagnose, but diagnostic testing may be required if the pain persists or worsens over the days following the accident. Generally, patients are prescribed rest and medication to address the inflammation and resulting pain. In more severe cases, patients may be ordered to undergo weeks of physical therapy. These injuries and required treatments can result in expensive medical bills and lost wages. As a victim of an auto accident or fall, the stress of dealing with lost income and mounting medical expenses coupled with the pain and anxiety of your injuries, can be overwhelming. It is in your best interest to contact Michael P. Fleming for a free consultation. The Houston car accident lawyers of Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. are experienced in dealing with victims of accidents suffering from back or neck sprain or strain.