One of the more insidious injuries that a person can sustain from a car accident in Southern California is damage to the spinal cord. Back and spinal cord injuries are often under diagnosed or misdiagnosed because of the prolific nature of everyday backaches and pains. It is easy to blame one’s back pain on simply getting old or on a hard day of work.

Always See a Back Specialist After an Accident
If you have recently been in an accident, however, it is extremely prudent that you see a back pain specialist so that he or she can diagnose the intricacies of your ailment. A specialist will be able to separate the pain you normally feel from the pain that was incurred from the accident.

Seeking medical attention is one of the strongest actions you can take after an auto accident to better improve your case for your Southern California car accident attorney.  Making sure that an expert has a well-documented understanding of your injury will function as a baseline account for making sure that you receive the treatment and compensation that you deserve.

Spinal Fusion and How it Works
One remedy that may be recommended to you by your doctor is the procedure of spinal fusion. Spinal fusion is a process where a surgical procedure is preformed that joins, or fuses, two or more vertebrae. This results in a spinal column that has been readjusted to be straighter and more capable of supporting the weight of the body. Spinal fusion works by encouraging the spine to grow in a proper manner through either a bone graft that stimulates growth or through metal bracketing that allows the spine to grow naturally.

The Risk vs. Reward with Spinal Fusion
Some of the risks that are associated with spinal fusion are contingent upon your overall health condition before the surgery. The more youthful and fit you are, the better your chance of having a successful surgery. Some of the risks include:

  • Nerve injury
  • Infection
  • Graft rejection
  • Pain at the site of the graft
  • Failure of the fusion process

If You Have Been in an Accident
If you or someone you know has sustained a back injury from a car accident, you should contact an experienced Santa Monica car accident attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385 for a free case evaluation.

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Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982