According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons car crashes are one of the most common causes of spinal fractures.
Accidents are common on our highways, but that doesn’t make them any less traumatic. Physical and emotional damage caused by a car accident can take a long time to heal. In some cases, the victim never recovers completely and has to live with permanent disabilities. One of the most serious injuries that can result from a car accident are spinal fractures. In this post, our we will discuss the two surgical treatments that the victim might need for a spinal injury resulting from a car crash.
About spinal fractures
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons car crashes are one of the most common causes of spinal fractures. There are different types of spinal fracture. Some types are more serious than others. Spinal injuries caused by a car crash are usually accompanied by other injuries that will also need emergency medical attention.
Anyone who has a fracture of the spine is likely to feel some symptoms that are associated with damage to the spinal cord itself. These symptoms may include a feeling numbness or weakness and a tingling sensation, Bladder and bowel function may also be impaired. In the most severe cases, the spinal cord can be totally severed , resulting in the patient being paralyzed.
Treating spinal fractures
Kyphoplasty is a procedure that is performed in order to help stabilize the spine that has been fractured. The procedure is done under a general anesthetic and it involves a small incision being made close to the area where the spinal fracture is located. The next step is to insert a small balloon between the vertebrae that have been damaged by the accident. This balloon is inflated and it helps the spine to return back to the correct position. It can go a long way towards alleviating the excruciating pain associated with a spinal injury.
Vertebroplasty is also used to reduce the pain of a spinal fracture. Instead of an incision, the vertebroplasty is done using a needle. Using this needle, a type of cement is injected into the spine in the area. This works rather like a cast and will help to keep the spine correctly in place. This is actually a fairly quick and simple procedure. It can take less than an hour to perform and the patient will soon be able to leave the hospital, hopefully in much less pain than they were before.
Speak to an experienced attorney as soon as you can
If you’ve suffered a spinal fracture, it’s important to speak to your St. Louis injury attorney as soon as you are able to. An experienced attorney can protect your legal rights and help you determine what the best course is moving forward. Call (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free case evaluation with a car accident lawyer at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.