It’s not always evident exactly how serious a back injury is. Some people can be in significant pain and then find out that they only have a pulled muscle. Others may think that the injury isn’t that serious, but actually have nerve damage or other complications.
So how do you know if the injury that you suffered is significant enough to go to the hospital? What are some signs that it could be so serious it may lead to long-term changes in your life?
Numbness and tingling
First of all, watch out for any changes to the feeling in your hands, feet, arms and legs. If you feel any numbness or a tingling sensation, that can be an indication that you have spinal cord damage or nerve damage. This needs to be addressed by a medical professional.
Additionally, watch for difficulty breathing or a perpetual feeling of shortness of breath. Breathing issues are common for those who have significant back injuries, especially when there is nerve damage and impulses are not able to reach the proper muscles.
Feeling generally ill
Finally, watch for anything that you normally wouldn’t associate with a back injury, such as the onset of a fever. Some people also suffer from muscle spasms or have blood present in their urine. Issues like this definitely mean that there could be significant interior damage that needs to be considered.
What are your next steps?
Serious back injuries can lead to disabilities that change your life forever. Be sure you know what legal options you have. It’s important to know how to access the benefits you deserve.