Few persistent injuries are as debilitating and troublesome as back pain. In terms of accidents at work, it doesn’t even need to be anything that is obviously serious to cause problems with your back. Repeatedly sitting in the same position or having poor posture throughout the working day can soon catch up with you.
Another problem with back pain is that far too often people just live with it. Millions of people dismiss back trouble as the body simply getting old or something to simply be endured, rather then get it properly checked out by a medical professional.
How can my back pain be diagnosed?
Unless the injuries in the back have left you totally immobile, the doctor is likely to start by testing both your range of motion and nerve function. They will touch your back to establish where the discomfort lies and may also run blood and urine tests to eliminate infection as a possible cause of pain.
What about scans?
CT and MRI scans may well be used to examine the damage to soft tissue while x-rays can help identify broken bones and other defects within the skeleton. X-rays are usually used in the aftermath of direct trauma to the back. For example, a construction site accident in which the victim damaged their back.
How can I treat my injuries?
Once the cause of the injuries in the back have been identified, then treatment can be recommended. The basic treatment for a minor back injury is rest for a period of 24-72 hours. Ice-packs can provide further relief.
If the pain is sufficient to keep you from carrying out normal, day to day, activities, then the doctor may decide that some medication is necessary. Typically, this medication includes:
– A combination of codeine phosphate and paracetamol in a low dosage
For more serious injuries to the back, the doctor may also prescribe strong anti-inflammatory tablets. Alternatively, a combination of opioid and paracetamol medication may be used in stronger doses.
Whatever the cause of your back injuries, be it an accident in the workplace, a slip in public, or a road traffic accident, if it wasn’t your fault then you may well be due some back injury compensation.
A call to Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone service – 0800 689 0500 – can set you on the way to winning the financial recompense you deserve.
Date Published: January 22, 2014
Author: David Brown