Traumatic Back Injury
If left undiagnosed and untreated, chronic pain following a traumatic back injury can interfere with work and daily activity. It may even be life threatening. It is important to determine whether the damage is solely structural or bears on other bone, ligament, disc or nerve tissue. A misdiagnosis can lead to failed surgery or other expensive treatments while the patient is left with unresolved-pain issues.
Diagnosis uses tests and questioning about current health, family history, and the location and type of pain. Acute pain, while restrictive of movement, may indicate severe strain to various muscles, but it usually dissipates within a week. Pain that is localized in the bones or joints may be due to traumatic blows or falls, such as injury to the vertebrae of the neck or back. Referred pain tends to radiate through other portions of the body and may indicate complications.
Relieving Pain Following Traumatic Back Injury
Muscle strains from traumatic injury can be healed using rest, ice and nonprescription analgesics, but cracked vertebrae or ruptured discs may require surgery. Today's arthroscopic techniques make recovery from a traumatic back injury much less arduous than in the past. Using a microscopic camera and lasers or other small surgical tools, only a tiny incision may be necessary to address damage to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar portions of the back.
If surgery for spinal trauma has failed to restore the patient's health and pain becomes chronic, specialists at the Bonati Institute can help. For over 25 years, the collective has focused on using technology and developing surgical techniques to improve outcomes and reduce the pain and time of recuperation.