Many people arrive at our office in severe pain from back injuries. A large percentage of them have a herniated disk, an injury that is fairly common in Florida auto accidents. Not only can a herniated disk cause intense back pain, but it can also result in numbness, tingling, and pain in other areas of the body.
Symptoms such as these should not be ignored. If you think you might have sustained a herniated disk in an Orlando car crash, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. If you wait too long, you could risk causing further injury to your spine—possibly even long-term or permanent damage. A delay in seeking medical attention also could have a negative effect on your legal case.
There are steps you can take to help ease the pain and discomfort of a herniated disk as you recover. First and foremost, always heed your doctor’s advice. Having said that, here are a few general recommendations:
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication.Be careful to follow the instructions provided on the label. Some medications can also work to reduce inflammation.
- Stretch frequently.Certain stretching exercises can help reduce the amount of stress your muscles create on your back, thereby decreasing your level of pain.
- Apply cold packs and hot compresses.It’s often best to start with cold packs for the first two or three days to reduce inflammation and then switch to warm compresses or another type of heat therapy to relax your back muscles. In either case, apply them for about 20 minutes each hour, if possible.
- Gradually, engage in swimming, walking, or other low-impact exercise.Typically, a day or two of bed rest is recommended right after the injury occurs. After that, you might need to modify your usual daily activities for a few weeks. As you continue to heal, many medical professionals believe it helps to engage in some form of low-impact exercise to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
These are intended only as general guidelines and are not meant to serve as a substitute for medical advice from a qualified physician. Only your doctor can tell you what is the best course of action for your specific injury following a car accident in Florida.
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