Is your back hurting?  Don’t think that it is just a normal ache and pain of getting older or sitting the wrong way.  It might be a much more serious spinal cord injury.

Our San Diego law firm’s paralysis attorneys know from experience that when you have severe back pain all of a sudden, it might be a specific kind of spinal cord injury known as a vertebral compression fracture, according to WebMD.

There are several symptoms of vertebral compression fractures.

The majority of vertebral compression fractures occur in women who are over the age of 50, usually in conjunction to osteoporosis.  Different types of paralysis treatment will aid in reducing the risk of vertebral compression fractures in the future, but you have to know what to look for with this type of spinal cord injury.

Here are several indicators of a vertebral compression fracture:

  • When standing or walking, pain in your spine grows worse.
  • Bending and twisting your spine becomes painful and hard to do.
  • Height loss occurs or your spine takes on a curved, “hunchback” shape.

Not everyone can feel a vertebral compression fracture the same way.  In fact, some people will feel pain in their abdomen or their hips (especially if there are mulitple fractures), while others feel nothing at all, going about their day-to-day lives, perhaps doing activities that worsen their fractures.

And here are some of the activities you should be careful doing to avoid a spinal cord injury, including a vertebral compression facture:

  • Lifting heavy items out of the trunk of a car, say a suitcase or bag of groceries.
  • Bending over to pick something up off the ground and not using your knees.
  • A slip and fall accident, either inside or outside, can lead to this kind of injury.

The San Diego paralysis attorneys at our law firm know that everyone’s body is different, but that there are several key ways we can all get hurt.  If you are entering your late 40’s and early 50’s, man or woman, it is best to go to a trusted doctor to make sure you are not experiencing a vertebral compression fracture if you have back pains.

You cannot help but get older.  As you do, make sure you are taking the right steps to keep your spinal cord injury-free.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury such as a vertebral compression fracture, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced paralysis attorneys in San Diego.  We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.