Back injuries are the most common type of injuries in car accident cases, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle cases, and slip and falls.
The human back is comprised of an intricate system of bones and muscles. Common back injuries effect the cervical region, thoracic area and the lumbar. Back injuries often impact the thecal sac.
Back Injuries to the Lumbar Vertebrae
The lumbar vertebrea consists of five different bones, or vertebrea and support the most of a person’s weight in their back. Back injuries to the lumbar vertebrea limits a person’s ability to bend, and causes immense pain.
As you can see from the image above, the lumbar vertebrae is located on the lower portion of a person’s back.
Doctors classify these vertebrae as L1 to L5. Often when you see your medical records, you will see impressions of the L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, and L4-L5. This means you have back injuries to your lumbar.
You can click on the images, provided by Attribution-Share Alike 2.1 Japan, to see a rotational view of the lumbar vertebrae.
Back Injuries to the Cervical Vertebrae
The cervical vertebrae consists of seven bones. They are classified as C1-C7.
Back injuries to the cervical vertebrae can cause paralysis of the arms, hands and legs, difficulty breathing, controlling bladder movements, ability to speak, and the ability to bend wrists.
Back Injuries to the Thoracic Vertebrae
The thoracic vertebrae is the middle segment of the back.
The thoracic vertebrae are numbered, with the first one, T1, located closest to the skull and then going down to T12, towards the spine.
After a car accident or fall, compression fractures usually occur at the bottom part of the thoracic vertebra. These back injuries are usually treated with medication, decreased activity, and braces.
Back Injuries and Fractures
There are different type of fractures that occur during back injuries.
The most common is a compression fracture. A compression fracture occurs when the front of the vertebra breaks and loses height, but the back part of the vertebra does not.
An axial burst fracture is when the vertebra loses height on both the front and back side (normally seen in a slip and fall.
Back injuries involving an extension fracture, mostly in car accident cases, happens when the vertebra is literally pulled apart.
How to Treat Back Injuries
Back injuries can be treated by both non surgical and surgical intervention. Clients commonly need to wear a brace for six to twelve weeks when they have a fracture. Surgery is an option for unstable fractures where there is severe loss of vertebral height.
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