Treatment Options for Back InjuriesTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 20, 2019
Back pain is one of the most common reason people seek medical help. Back injuries can cause chronic pain and mobility limitations. A serious back injury can make someone unable to work or perform the basic activities of daily living. Back injuries are frequently the result of someone’s negligence such as in a car accident or a slip and fall. If you suffer a back injury, it’s important that you seek the right treatment for your injury. Common treatment options for back injuries include:
Your doctor may suggest one of several different surgeries to help relieve pain caused by back injuries. Common types of back surgery include:
- Diskectomy—a portion of the disc is removed to relieve pressure on the spine
- Spinal Fusion—most common form of back surgery, it involves joining back vertebrae together to help limit how far nerves can stretch
- Laminectomy—a small portion of bone is removed to increase the size of the spinal canal and relieve pressure
- Foraminectomy—bone and other tissue are removed to expand the openings for nerve roots
- Disc Replacement—a damaged spinal disc is removed and replaced with an artificial one
Exercise can be an important part of relieving back pain. Depending on the circumstances, it may be one of the first treatments a doctor recommends. Physical therapy exercises should be tailored to your specific injury and condition. Maintaining regular appointments and keeping up with exercises at home are keys to achieving the maximum benefit from physical therapy.
Pain Relief Injections and Medication
For lower back, hip, and leg pain caused by nerve pressure from a bulging disc, an epidural steroid injection may be used. These injections are non-evasive and only provide temporary pain relief.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve the pain associated with back injuries. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, changing its force and position. This takes the pressure off of spinal discs and can result in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs.
Contact an Experienced Back Injury Attorney
If you sustained a back injury due to someone’s negligence, you should contact an experienced back injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.