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Anatomy of the back
The back is made of bones (vertebrae), muscles, and other tissues that extend from the neck to the pelvis. The lumbar region – often referred to as the lower spine – is a common area for back pain. The flexibility of this area and the amount of body weight it bears on a regular basis is the main reason back pain is often associated with the lumbar region. Low-back pain is generally the result of lifting and/or posture. Motions that involve repetitive lifting, bending, and twisting motions affect the degree of severity and frequency of low-back pain.
What are the causes of back pain?
There is a wide range of causes for back pain including, but not limited to car accidents, truck accidents, workplace injuries, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, maritime accidents, railroad accidents, and other accident-related injuries.
Even though the causes may be different, the symptoms are often the same. Symptoms of back injuries can include the following. The first one is usually the most serious:
- Pain emanating from the low back to the buttocks, down the back of the thigh and into the calves and/or feet
- Severe muscle spasms in the low back when standing straight
- Stiffness and or persistent aching along the spine from the base of the neck to the tailbone
- Localized pain in the neck, upper back, or lower back
- Sharp pain after lifting heavy objects or engaging in other strenuous activity
- Chronic aching in the middle or lower back, especially after sitting or standing for extended periods of time
- Back pain interfering with sleep
If you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms and or legs you may have a disk striking the spinal cord or another intrusion onto the spinal cord. Nerves run from your spinal cord into your buttocks and travel down your legs. If the pain in your back extends downward along the back of the leg this may be a result of sciatica. Pain resulting from a herniated disc will increase when you cough or bend forward at the waist. Pain accompanied by a fever, burning during urination, or strong-smelling urine may be a signal of an infection.
What is a back injury?
Common back injuries include:
- Herniated disks
- Protruding disks
- Bulging disks
- One vertebra moving in relation to another
- Torn disks
- Lumbar ligament sprains
- Low back strains
- Muscle spasm
- Fractured vertebrae
MRI and electrical studies are usually performed to rule out disk involvement. When the diagnosis is uncertain, an invasive diskogram may be performed to actually duplicate the pain one has running down the legs. Some of the finest orthopedic surgeons are in Chicago and the surrounding areas. They concentrate exclusively on back injuries and make it their life’s work to resolve these problems.
Let our committed Chicago back injury attorneys help
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free consultation to discuss your injury with a Chicago back injury attorney. You can also email us or even speak with us right now on LiveChat, located in the lower right corner of the screen. Even if you do not wish to retain an injury attorney in Chicago, we can set you on the right path for free.
Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience. We have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our success record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll-free number at (800) 985-1819.