Most people, especially those in manual labor trades, experience back pain at some point. However, some back injuries can result in serious mid- and long-term damage, and often result in many days of missed work.
Here in Denver, our spirit of independence can often lead hard working men and women to put off proper medical care and opt for self-medication. Unfortunately, this can lead to long-term harm.
If you recently injured your back, it can seem overwhelming trying to understand all of the possible injuries your lower back pain may indicate. Some of the most common serious injuries to the back involve herniated or bulging discs and picked nerves.
While you may hear many other terms thrown around — slipped disc, ruptured disc, and black disc, among others — the primary causes of many kinds of serious back pain involve either a herniated disc, a pinched nerve, or both.
Don't wait to get proper medical treatment
Even if you don't yet know the reason for your ongoing back pain, you should not wait to get treatment. Postponing treatment can worsen the injury and possibly lead to permanent damage and loss of functionality.
Some back pain occurs because a disc in you back is itself damaged or worn down. While the discs often affect the nerves that run between them and the vertebrae, some kinds of back pain result from actual disc damage or misalignment.
Many other kinds of pain and functionality loss occur when a disc herniates and obstructs or pinches the nerves running next to it.
Pinched nerves can create acute or radiating pain running to many parts of you body, and often result in numbness, tingling, and loss of motor control in your extremities. This can cause exceptional difficulty for tradespeople who rely on their ability to make precise movements with their hands and fingers.
Many people suffer injuries and think, "I'll power through, this is probably not serious." However, untreated back injuries involving discs and nerves can serious affect your long-term ability to work and stay competitive in your trade.
It is always crucial to get proper medical care immediately, for both your personal and professional life.
Build a strong team to create a strong future
Your back pain is not just about your comfort — it's about your livelihood. No party, private or professional, should ever tell you that maintaining your spinal health is unimportant. If you believe that your injury harmed your discs and nerves, don't hesitate to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how to fight for your fair treatment.
With proper guidance by an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights remain secure and that you have all the tools you need to recover and pursue fair compensation for your losses.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001