A back injury is easily recognized by most people when they begin to experience symptoms. A back injury may be acute, or happen suddenly, or it could be due to prolonged misuse, weakened muscles or other conditions. If you have symptoms of a back injury, medical attention is warranted.
The most common symptoms of a back injury are:
- Stiffness, tenderness and pain. The discomfort is typically localized, or very near the spot or injury.
- Muscle spasms along the spine up to 24 hours after the injury occurs.
- Tingling or numbness in the limbs.
- Paralysis of the limbs in serious injuries.
Pain from a back injury is typically different than the discomfort felt by overuse of the back or the discomfort that people feel due to poor levels of fitness. The discomfort felt from a back injury may worsen in the days following the injury.
Any person who suspects that they may have incurred a back injury should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, a wrong movement can worsen the original injury and cause symptoms that are considered to be an emergency. A doctor can accurately diagnose a back injury and provide safe treatment options.
If you have sustained a back injury in some type of accident in the city of Atlanta, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. An attorney experienced in personal injury law can assist you in determining if you have the elements necessary to pursue compensation.