Back injuries can range from mild to very severe. Straining or spraining the muscles in your back can happen while bending, lifting, or twisting your body, particularly when people are not in good physical shape or when they are trying to lift something heavy with bad form.
Doctors can prescribe medication to help reduce inflammation when a person has sprained their back, which causes pain when the swollen blood vessels brush up against sensitive nerve endings. Heat or cold can help reduce pain, as well as pain relievers.
Other forms of back injuries occur when ligaments are damaged, sometimes through everyday use where damage builds gradually and sometimes when an event such as a car accident occurs. Depending on the specifics of the back injury, doctors may recommend a variety of treatments such as physical therapy or, in some cases, surgery.
The risk factors for a back injury are usually tied to physical activity that pushes us beyond what we are capable of, such as lifting something too heavy or participating in sports.
After a back injury caused by someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information.