It is common for auto accident victims to suffer from a lower back injury.
In addition to pain, you may experience tingling and numbness in the region. If the pain radiates from the lower back down the leg, it could be a symptom of lumbar radiculopathy, commonly referred to as sciatica.
Sciatica is caused by nerve compression or slipped discs from a sudden blow to the lower back area at the time of the accident. When a spinal disc is pressed against a spinal nerve, it may cause nerve root compression, irritation, severe lower back pain, and inflammation.
Common Symptoms of Sciatica
If you get injured from a car accident and experience the following symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Severe pain in the lower back area. The pain radiates along the spinal nerves down the back of the legs into the feet. You may also notice that the pain worsens when you walk, move your feet, or put pressure on the leg.
- Tingling, burning sensation, or stinging sensation in the legs or feet.
Treatment Options for Sciatica
Depending on the extent and severity of your injury, your doctor may recommend therapies, medication, or surgery. Common treatment options for sciatica include:
- massage therapy
- anti-inflammatory medicines
- spinal manipulation
- physical therapy
- epidural steroid injections
- application of heat and/or ice
Recovery from Car Accident Injuries
If you suffer a serious injury, you may need to take time off from work to recover. How long it would take to recover depends of the severity of the injury. Long-term physical therapy may be required. Meanwhile, you may be allowed to return to work, but there could be restrictions on certain activities.
Claiming Compensation for Sciatica
If you suffer from a severe lower back injury from a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent party. Seek legal advice from a car wreck injury lawyer from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. Call us at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation. Make sure you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.