Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and When to Seek Treatment
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by a car, slip-and-fall, or workplace accident, and back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Studies show that most people experience back pain at least once in their lives. If a person experiences back pain that persists for more than six weeks, it’s likely the result of a fall or heavy lifting.
If a person is repeatedly heavy lifting at work, they could develop muscle or ligament strain. Bulging or ruptured discs can also occur between the bones in the spine. The soft material inside a disc can rupture or swell, and will often be discovered only in an x-ray. Issues with the thoracic spine, cervical, or lumbar spine can also cause back pain.
The Symptoms of a Back Injury
Being aware of back pain symptoms is the key to receiving proper treatment and compensation for injury.
Back pain symptoms vary depending on the severity, but common symptoms include muscle ache, sharp pain, pain that travels to the legs, pain that heightens when bending, lifting, standing, or walking, and pain that increases with reclining. This back pain can sometimes be an indicator of a more serious problem and should be evaluated by a licensed physician
When to Seek Treatment
If a person experiences back pain after an injury like a fall or blow to the back, it’s important to seek medical treatment, especially if the back pain is mild or severe and does not improve with rest. Back pain that spreads down to both legs and extends below the knees can also be a sign of a severe injury that should be seen by a doctor to prevent long-term consequences. Other symptoms of a traumatic back injury can be weakness, numbness, or a tingling sensation in the legs and if random weight loss accompanies the injury.
Back pain can occur anywhere at any time but usually develops after a major accident. If you suffered a back injury due to another person’s negligence, you deserve compensation. With the help of an experienced attorney, injured victims can receive financial assistance for their injuries.
At Los Angeles Injury Group, we understand how painful back injuries can be for our clients. We’re well aware that back injuries can range from mild to severe, and could even result in death. All of these reasons are why we commit to our clients’ cases until they receive proper compensation for medical treatment, loss of wages, emotional distress, mental anguish, and any pain and suffering. If you, or someone you love, received back injuries due to another person’s negligent behavior, call (310) 954-7248 for a free consultation.