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Author: Michael Ehline - Spine Injury Lawyer

Los Angeles Fractured Spine Compression Lawyer

Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC – Serious Lumbar Fractures Lawyers:

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When the bones in the lower spine break due to trauma, several medical descriptions exist. Terms include cervical-lumbar compression fractures, ruptures, breaks, cracks or fissures. Some doctors call this a “vertebral compression fracture,” for example.

In most cases, this type of fracture takes an extreme force to do the damage. But for every rule an exception exists. But the elderly, or cancer patients have become brittle. Lower impacts on weak people like them can be tragic. Same goes for women with osteoporosis. A small stumble easily means permanent harm.

What Are the Annual Stats on Spine Fractures?

It is estimated each year that 150,00 people in the U.S. are stricken with spinal fractures. Further, at least 12,000 people suffer spine maladies. Also, this includes an estimated 6,000 back injury deaths. (Click here.)

Ehline Law Firm spinal cord injury attorneys remain the “go to” lawyers for back injuries. In fact, we have achieved remarkable success in court for winning cases.

Also, out of court, people praise us for our great service. After all, we promptly return customer calls. We also keep clients apprised of the latest case matters. If you suffered a severe lumbar break, we stand ready to assist you right now at (213) 596-9642.

What are the Lumbar Compression Fracture Symptoms?

When a fracture of the spine bones takes place, wide-ranging symptoms present themselves. And this affects suffering people in many ways. The severity of the break determines the pressure placed on the spinal cord. So some breaks are mildly painful. But others feel worse. Still, others lead to termination of life.

The symptoms include:

  • Numbness: numbness might exist in the back or legs. Lack of feeling presents itself in bad cases.
  • Weakness: if nerve damage exists, weakness or tingling sometimes occur in the back of the legs.
  • Pain: a possible symptom of a fracture. Also, it usually happens in the lower back. Furthermore, in some instances, it will be felt in the upper back, neck, hips, and abdomen.
  • Paralysis: when the fracture involves spinal cord, partial or permanent paralysis could occur.
  • Urination and Bowel Problems: lumbar compression fractures place pressure on the spinal cord. Also, it impairs a person’s ability to urinate or have bowel movements.

How Do You Get Your Fracture Diagnosis?

When trauma causes a cervical/lumbar fracture, the person could feel pain right away. To have this fracture diagnosed and treated, you need medical care. The physician will order spine testing. This determines the amount of damage done to that point.

  • X-Rays: The physician will order x-rays. These will be able to identify a fracture and where it has occurred.
  • CT Scan: Doctors sometimes order a CAT scan, also known as a CT scan. Sometimes x-rays prove insufficient. Also, Scans prove more intricate. Scans help determine fracture stability. And they provide a different view.
  • MRI: if the physician suspects nerve damage has occurred, they should order an MRI. Further, this will allow a look at the soft tissue around the spine. And it will show any abnormalities.

How Do Compression Fractures Happen?

Compression fractures also naturally occur. Sometimes degenerative diseases like osteoporosis or cancer get diagnosed. These could cause vertebral compression fractures. So these illnesses weaken bones of the spine. Trauma to the spine bones also causes fractures in healthy people. Most of all, accidents causing fractures stem from slip/falls and car accidents.

How Do You Pay for Your Back Injury Medical Treatment?

Treatments for cervical-lumbar compression fractures depend on the severity and type. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures exist. But these will depend on if the fractures stay stable or unstable. Stable fractures sometimes heal if you keep the pressure off. Normally the patient wears a brace.

Use of a brace, rest, medications and physical therapy help. These methods assist in strengthening the muscles. So this will allow for healing of the injury. But unstable fractures or those that caused nerve or tissue damage mostly need surgery. Last, other treatments could be indicated. Pain injections called “epidurals,” often become prescribed, for example.

This will include:

  • Surgical Decompression: This type of surgery involves reducing the pressure on the affected area. This gets done by manually manipulating the bone and ligaments. In the case where pressure remains on a nerve or spinal cord, surgical bone removal may be indicated.
  • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty: Many of these treatments remain controversial. Also, they might fail to work on all types of spinal fractures. These procedures involve cement injections to the fracture location. This helps assist in spinal stability.
  • Surgical Fusion: To heal, sometimes the vertebrae need screws, rods, and hooks. These get surgically implanted in patients to stabilize the fractured bone. Bone grafting has also been a typical procedure used. But the surgeries have a high risk of infection and failure.

How Do You Get Your Compression Fracture Prognosis?

Many compression fractures remain capable of healing if treated. However, some treatments lead to paralysis and death. Even people helped by non-surgical treatment will need perhaps three months to heal. And it goes without saying that folks who need surgery need several months to recover.

Was Your Compression Fracture or Back Injury From an Accident? If So, Call Ehline Law Firm Now For Help!

Ehline Law Firm has provided strong legal help. We have won money for those suffering cervical and lumbar injuries. These clients suffered injuries in various ways.

These include:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Work related accidents
  • Slip and fall injuries

Also, our lawyers remain honed, assertive, and illustrious. We have a no holds barred style. And we go toe to toe battling belligerent insurance companies. We have no fear of fighting and defeating their army of defense attorneys.

Our forte remains managing, and mastering extremely contentious medical cases. This expertise includes help with disc bursts and compression fractures. We understand how malevolent insurance companies look at these injuries.

So we use this knowledge to obtain the highest possible payout. We win money for your wounds. Contact us for free legal advice. Call at your earliest convenience. (213) 596-9642.

Other Citations:

1. Taber, Clarence Wilbur; Venes, Donald (2009). Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary. F.A. Davis. pp. 2173–4.

2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0022510X9290014C

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Does Whiplash Cause Permanent, Excruciating Pain?

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Often car accident lawyers will reject cases involving “soft tissue,” or “whiplash.” They say it does not rise to their damages threshold. But other lawyers will dig a little deeper and want to look at CT Scans or MRI’s before they reject your case.

And rightly so. Even soft tissue injuries can ruin a life. But qualified spine injury lawyers go the extra mile to rule this out before rejecting a case. As will be discussed, whiplash can cause permanent, excruciating pain.

Light Stimulus Test.

Chronic whiplash can result in neuropathic pain. Abnormal neural activity in the brain or spinal cord brings it forth. The nerves fire at a lower than normal threshold. Typical problems occur during stimulation or touching.

To a healthy person, this stimulus typically registers as a light pressure applied to the skin. But not so with individuals tainted with this terrible condition. But in their case, the skin getting stroked has become hypersensitive. Now it registers the light pressure as being painful.

Some patients with chronic whiplash have demonstrated symptoms of hypersensitivity. These patients also show permanent neuropathic pain with no cessation. Some patients solely have chronic whiplash. Others have permanent hypersensitivity. Sadly, this remains a long-term condition.

Healthcare professionals prescribe drugs for these types of pain. Much of it was not meant for this purpose. But in many cases, these meds get approved by the FDA. So then, the FDA says they are ok for use in patients with these particular types of medical conditions.

Off Label Pain, Drugs Are Expensive and May Not Work.

There are many drugs commonly used for whiplash pain. All of them cost money. If you don’t have insurance, you can go broke. You need money from the person that harmed you for this medicine. Also, some have not become approved for pain management by the FDA. These include Klonopin, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Tegretol and several others. Also, some proof exists that these drugs are ineffective for chronic whiplash treatment.

They are still frequently prescribed off-label and for other reasons. One of the main treatments for chronic whiplash remains chiropractic care. Also, this currently accounts for treatment in about 36% of all whiplash victims. It focuses on a most natural and rapid type of healing for this medical condition.

Medical specialists, general practitioners, and acupuncturists treat the other 64% of chronic whiplash cases in the United States. Large and small studies have gotten published. The most important have dealt with the safety of chiropractic care. One of the studies got done by the very famous and highly cited orthopedic surgeons in the UK. The doctors are named Gargan & Bannister.

Conclusion

The information from these peer studies is second to none. Case treatment for chronic whiplash still gets done by a significant percentage of mainstream healthcare professionals. But they should be using more efficient methods outlined by the below study.

In conclusion, whiplash can be far more severe than people think. In fact, whiplash pain can become permanent and excruciating. So without proper treatment, it can worsen. Proper care remains very relevant. Often a lawyer will be necessary to enforce payments for medical care.

Citations:

“Factors affecting Employment After Whiplash Injury” – Gargan & Bannister: http://www.boneandjoint.org.uk/highwire/filestream/39999/field_highwire_article_pdf/0/506.full-text.pdf

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