Whether you’re just passing through Florida or you live here year round, a car accident can be a life-changing event. Unfortunately, it’s also something that happens all too often on our crowded highways.
An accident needn’t be catastrophic to have a lasting impact on your well-being or finances, either.
One type of injury that’s commonly seen in motor vehicle accidents is spinal stenosis.
Impact of spinal stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a common injury involving swelling in the spinal column. The resultant narrowing puts pressure on the nerves, leading you to experience:
You may also notice weakness in the back, neck, and extremities.
The symptoms can vary from person to person or range in severity from day to day. They are also common symptoms of other conditions, which can be worsened due to impact during a care accident.
Treating spinal injuries after motor vehicle accidents
In mild cases, the condition can be treated using over-the-counter pain relievers with anti-inflammatory properties, such as ibuprofen. Chiropractic care can help restore range of motion and improve related problems like neck pain and numbness in the hands or legs.
However, sometimes the only treatment for spinal stenosis is surgery to relieve the pressure. This procedure, called a laminectomy, doesn’t cure the condition. But, it will alleviate the pain and discomfort while you heal.
The recovery period depends on the severity of the injury. But, it’s important to take the time needed so that you don’t reignite the underlying issues. Physical therapy will help with the healing process.
Because symptoms of this condition also apply to other very common ailments, the only way to know for sure if you’re affected is to see a medical professional as soon as possible. This will give you a firm diagnosis and add to a paper trail of the events during and after your accident.