Acute Back Pain and Debilitating, Chronic Pain

Back injuries are common. In fact, low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all visits to physicians, and is the second most common symptomatic reason for visits, according to a study published by the National Library of Medicine. The spine, ribcage, and all the adjoining muscles and ligaments are put under great loads of stress all throughout the day, and are prone to injury. As all of us know, a back spasm just from an afternoon of moving can put us on the couch for a day. Those that have suffered a serious back injury know just how debilitating, painful, and stressful it can be. If the injury began as an acute pain but grew into chronic pain, the injury can seemingly flare up for no reason at all, or from performing even minor physical activities.


The most common types of accidents that result in back injuries include falls, car collisions, work accidents, and sports accidents. If you or a loved one have suffered a severe back injury that was no fault of your own, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney today to discuss your options for compensation that can help pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The state of New York has a three year statute of limitations for product liability, car accidents, falls, and other injuries caused by negligence. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the negligent party.


Pain That Lasts Less Than Six Months


Acute back pain occurs directly after the accident and lasts for up to half a year, according to Spine Health. During those months, it is important to try and resolve the injury with your doctor as quickly as possible because, for one, the longer that acute pain lasts, the more likely it will turn into chronic pain, and two, the more time that acute pain lasts, the stronger the neurological pain pathways become. Acute pain is caused by an injury to the soft tissue, and can most likely be treated without surgery with ice, heat, physical therapy, dry needling, massage, and anti-inflammatories.


Pain That Lasts More Than Six Months


If back pain lasts more than half a year, it is termed chronic pain. Chronic pain can also stem from soft tissue damage or even damage to the bone. Examples of injuries that cause chronic pain are bulging discs, herniated discs, loss of disc fluid, and spinal stenosis, which all put pressure on the spinal cord. Surgery may be required for to alleviate these types of compression pains in order to take pressure off the spinal cord as well as decrease friction. Chronic pain can also be caused by a neurological pain pathway that developed during the time of injury and stayed after the tissue healed from the damage. This is called benign pain, though it feels anything but.


If you were injured and not at fault, such as a premises slip and fall, a work injury, or a car crash, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney today at the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC at 212-397-1000.