Understanding Common Surgeries for Back Injures: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers Share Important Information
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work in the United States. While it has many causes, a common cause of back pain is truck accidents. Even a minor accident can cause major trauma that can be long lasting. Approximately 2.5 million people are seen each year in the emergency room as a result of a car accident, however many times symptoms of back pain do not begin until hours or days following the accident. While most injuries do not require surgery, there are some injuries that are so severe or so debilitating that surgery is required. Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers are experienced in handling cases involving back pain and will ensure that your rights are protected after a trucking accident involving back pain.
Common Surgeries for Back Injuries
The damage that can occur during a trucking accident can be very severe and result in complicated and painful surgeries. Some of the common surgeries for back injuries include the following:
Spinal fusion – This is when two individual vertebrae are linked together to form one large one. This is usually performed for large disc herniation or severe arthritis.
Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty – This procedure is meant to stabilize a fractured vertebra by placing a balloon inside the fracture vertebra to inflate it and then inserting glue to hold the bone together.
Discectomy – This procedure aims to control pain by removing a chunk of the intervertebral disc which may be causing a pinched nerve.
Laminectomy – This procedure is used to decrease back pain caused by a herniated disc or spinal stenosis by removing chunks of the vertebra to allow more room for the spinal cord and relieve nerve compression.
Life After Surgery
The estimated recovery time for each of these surgeries is dependent on many factors including age, amount of damage sustained during the injury, and other health factors. One thing that many people do not think about is what happens after surgery. Many people think surgery will be the end of their pain and suffering, but they do not realize that post surgical pain can often be just as intense and that rehabilitation can be long and painful.
Pain from a spinal fusion can take months to resolve and it can take a full year to fully fuse when viewed on x-ray. Simple things like getting out a chair or walking are challenging initially. A discectomy or laminectomy may relieve radiating pain immediately after surgery but it will take months of physical therapy to restore the strength and flexibility required to return to normal life. No matter what surgery is performed, people may continue to have intermittent pain throughout their life from this surgery and may see early signs of arthritis or other degenerative diseases earlier than normal.
Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help if You Had Back Surgery After an 18 Wheeler Wreck
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
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