There is a range of injuries you may suffer due to a slip and fall accident. A common area of impact is the back.
Back injuries are one of those things that can often lead to long-term problems, so any injury to this part of your body is serious. There are a few specific back injuries that you may have after a slip and fall incident worth noting, according to Cedars Sinai.
Breaking your back may seem unimaginable, but if you fall the right way, you certainly can fracture vertebrae. Breaks are not always serious. They can be a minor problem that will heal with no issue. But in some cases, a serious break can lead to spinal cord injuries, which may impact your mobility. Some breaks also could lead to nerve damage as well. You could suffer permanent damage due to a fracture in the vertebrae.
It is also possible in a fall situation to cause a herniated disc. This involved spinal fluid leaking and impacts the nerves. The pain can be intense and radiate into your arms and legs. You may require surgery to fix the problem.
While you should take any back injury seriously in case there is something major going on, many times, a fall will result in minor strains or bruises that will heal with rest and time. These issues usually do not cause long-term issues, but they can be quite painful initially.
The bottom line is that after a hard fall, you should always have a doctor check you out. The last thing you want to do is let a back injury go without treatment, which could lead to long-term issues.