The back – medically referred to as the spine – consists of 33 individual vertebrae (bones) that extend from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The vertebrae are separated into three general categories (cervical, thoracic and lumbar). The 7 cervical vertebrae are the upper spine, often referred to as the neck. The twelve thoracic vertebrae fall between the neck and low back. The five lumbar vertebrae are in the low back region. In between each vertebrae is a disk made of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber for our body.
There are number of causes for back injuries including herniated disks, compression fractures and vertebral fractures.
Injuries to the back may require injections, physical therapy and surgery. These injuries are often diagnosed with MRI or CT Scans and involve significant medical treatment.
When a sore back turns into a more serious injury, when the pain medications and rest fail to resolve the condition, there may be a more significant injury that is causing your difficulties.
Attorney Michael Sudekum represents workers and accident victims who experience back pain that resolves in a few weeks and who experience a progressive pain resulting in the need for surgery from herniated or bulging discs.
If you have sustained a back injury, contact attorney Michael Sudekum through the online submission form on this page or by telephone at 314-621-1701 for a free consultation of your legal rights.