Statistically, the rate of injury in a motorcycle accident is higher than in a car accident due to the driver being so exposed. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers not seeing the motorcycle in time or not ensuring a clear distance between vehicles. Regardless of the reason, motorcycle accidents can be traumatic and cause significant injuries. While your head is protected by a helmet and your skin is protected by appropriate clothing for riding a motorcycle, if you are in an accident, there is little you can do to protect your spine.
Here are steps you should take if you experience back pain due to a motorcycle accident.
1. Understand what is causing the pain
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, so it is essential to seek medical attention even if you think you are okay immediately following the accident. There are many reasons you may not feel immediate pain, including the shock of being in an accident. Seeking medical attention will allow you to get the appropriate Xrays and examination to determine if you have physical injuries. Back pain from a motorcycle accident may include a veterbral compression fracture. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a vertebral compression fracture is when the bony block part of the spine collapses. These are most common in the middle fo the spine and can cause intense pain. Depending on how you get hit and how you fall during the accident, the impact can cause this type of compression fracture, among other injuries. You may also experience a herniated or bulging disc as a result of the accident; these can also cause intense pain and limited mobility. There are both surgical and non-surgical treatment options depending on the severity of the injury.
2. Go to the best doctors for your specific condition
Once you determine the type of injury that is causing the pain, you need to seek out a specialist that has experience with your type of injury. Spinal injuries can significantly impact the rest of your life and overall health. It is vital not to ignore the problem or follow the direction of a healthcare professional that does not specialize in back injuries. Retaining the help of a motorcycle accident attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve to seek out the treatment you need. Concerns over healthcare costs should not be a factor when taking care of yourself following an accident. Your attorney can ensure that the people responsible for the accident are held accountable for their actions by being financially responsible for your expenses, pain, and suffering. A debilitating back injury will prevent you from being able to work, which will lead to loss of income. Your attorney will need to know all the details of your situation to determine the level of compensation you require.
3. Be open-minded to non-traditional treatment options
Many people assume if they have a back injury, they will need surgery, but that is not always the case. For example, non-surgical treatment options for a vertebral compression fracture include wearing a rigid back brace for a period. The brace takes the pressure of the vertebral bones allowing them to heal. Other types of back injuries may call for pharmaceutical treatment, chiropractic treatment, or even acupuncture. If the specialist you choose to see recommends something that seems non-traditional to you to relieve your pain and increase mobility, be open-minded to those options.
Back injuries can negatively impact your health for years following the accident. Hire a lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents to ensure you get the best representation possible and have the peace of mind that you will be protected financially moving forward.