Have you recently been in a Florida car accident, and you're now suffering from spinal or lower back pain? If so, there's a chance that you may have spondylolysis, which occurs when, as a result of force, a vertebra in the spine breaks on one or both sides and slips out of place.
If you think you may have suffered spondylolysis, or any trauma to your back for that matter, it's imperative that you seek medical care immediately. A serious back injury can lead to worsening pain and complications if left untreated.
You should also contact a South Florida injury attorney at Falk & Falk today if your car accident was the result of another driver who was speeding, talking on a cell phone or engaging in any other negligent behavior. If it can be determined that you have a legitimate case, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses.
Determining if You Have Spondylolysis
Symptoms of spondylolysis exhibit what doctors call "mechanical pain," meaning the pain feels worse with activity or exertion, and it feels better with rest and relaxation. Symptoms you should look out for include:
- back pain and stiffness;
- pain that radiates down one or both legs;
- pressure in the lower back region;
- slowed reflexes; and
- a pins-and-needles sensation around the spinal injury.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately. You will likely have to undergo a physical exam as well as imaging tests to get a definitive diagnosis.
There are many treatments available for spondylolysis, including both invasive and non-invasive options. One non-invasive option is bracing, in which you would wear a back brace for 3 to 4 months to reduce spinal movement and encourage bone regrowth from the injury.
Rehabilitation is also a non-invasive option, helping patients to ease pain and condition the muscles to function properly again. There are also many surgical options, including lumbar fusion and laminectomy. However, surgery is generally required only in serious cases.
Hiring a South Florida Injury Attorney to Help
Spondylolysis treatment isn't cheap. If you've been diagnosed with this condition because of a car accident, you've no doubt taken days off work, spent countless dollars on medical bills and have experienced much pain and suffering. Hiring a South Florida injury attorney could help alleviate your financial burden.
You shouldn't be paying for someone else's mistake Call a South Florida injury attorney at Falk & Falk Law Firm todayfor a free case consultation and to learn about your legal options.