What treatments are available for chronic spinal cord pain? How common are persistent spinal cord problems following a motor vehicle accident? Sharp pains, limited range of motion, dull sensations, tingling, and other symptoms of spinal cord injury can persist for months and even years following a motor vehicle collision. Depending on the type of pain, individuals receive treatment including over the counter medications, prescription medications, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery.
Types of Spinal Cord Pain & Treatments
Neuropathic pain occurs when the nerves within the spinal column are damaged. When these are damaged, they interrupt the signals to the brain from the point of injury. This type of pain causes tingles, burning, and stabbing sensations. Treatment for neuropathic pain typically includes anticonvulsant and antidepressant medications. It may also involve the application of electrical stimulation, acupuncture, relaxation or massage therapy. Often, physicians will prescribe a combination of these treatments to resolve the pain.
Musculoskeletal pain can affect the muscles, joints, and bones. It commonly affects the upper limbs, back, and neck. Treatment of musculoskeletal pain can involve injecting anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medications at the source of the pain. Physical therapists will also help the individual strengthen and stretch the muscles, and may recommend acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, or biofeedback.
Visceral pain may also occur following a spinal cord injury. This affects the digestive tract and usually feels like severe cramping or a dull, aching sensation within the abdomen. Most visceral pains are treated with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen or aspirin. A physician may also prescribe opioids or pain medication injections.
How Common Are Spinal Cord Injuries?
There are roughly 17,700 new spinal cord injuries recorded in the United States each year. The average age of patients is 43, and nationwide between 247,000 and 358,000 individuals are living with an existing spinal cord injury. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord pain, and it is estimated that since 2015, car crashes have caused 38.3% of all injuries. This is 6.7% higher than falls and 24.5% higher than violent acts.
While spinal cord pain rarely leads to death, it most certainly has the ability to negatively affect the individual's quality of life, personal relationships, and earning capacity. When individuals pursue compensation for personal injuries following a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative to pursue compensation for these losses at the same time the individual pursues compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, surgical expenses, property damage, etc.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. We help motorists who suffer chronic spinal cord pain following a motor vehicle accident. Our firm represents clients injured by workplace hazards in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Day or night, holidays or weekends, we are available to give you the answers you need. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.