Back injuries may be sustained in a multitude of ways, and due to lifestyle choices and professions, some people are more likely to develop back pain and injury than others. Some people incur back injuries from doing seemingly nothing; a simple twist or turn the wrong way in bed, for example, could cause a vertebra to go out of alignment. Others may incur injury at home or on the job through routine actions. While yet others may sustain back injuries from traumatic events such as an auto accident or slip and fall.
Types of Back Injuries
Any area of your spine, or vertebra, have the potential for injury. Lower back injuries are the most common among patients seen at our Las Vegas chiropractic clinic, but our patients see back injuries along the entire spine. Many people have sustained injuries to the thoracic (middle spine) or cervical (neck) portions of their spine. These injuries may occur to the vertebrae, discs, nerves, joints, muscles, and other soft tissues, or a combination of these.
Some injuries are obvious, such as those from improperly lifting objects or chronic conditions, while others require in depth screenings to properly diagnose. Once an injury has been incurred along the spine, other parts of the body, from the toes to the head, may also be affected. Regardless of the type of back injury our patients have sustained, we take the time to properly and completely diagnose their condition and develop a treatment plan to get them back to pre-injury condition.
How Common Are Back Injuries?
In the United States, back injuries cost businesses approximately $30 billion per year, at an estimated average cost per claim of $24,000. If surgery is involved, the cost for claims could increase significantly to $40,000 per injury or more. One recent back injury case which required surgery to correct cost a patient in excess of $240,000. Some careers may increase your chances of sustaining back injuries on the job such as health care. Health care industry workers sustain nearly five times more back injuries than any other type of worker. Additionally, they are among 6 of the top 10 professions at greatest risk for back injury, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Even a back injury which seemingly goes away after rest can have long lasting implications. After any type of back injury it is best to see a chiropractor, such as Dr. Jo Briggs in Las Vegas, to be evaluated. Not all injuries should be treated the same, so it’s best to get treatment specifically created for you and your unique situation.