INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
Slip and falls often occur due to wet floors, spilled liquids, inadequate or missing entryway mats, and many other hidden hazards you don’t notice until it is too late. Trip and falls happen when unexpected objects or conditions impede your intended direction of travel. People often trip over large cracks in the sidewalk, potholes in crosswalks, unmarked and unexpected steps, and a host of many dangerous conditions that can cause a bad fall. Falls can happen when stairs break or crumble, or when a handrail or other safety device fails and causes a fall rather than preventing one.
Back surgery is often recommended when a person experience a severe back injury from accidents like car accidents or slip and falls. However, even seemingly minor accidents can cause back injuries because the human body isn’t really designed to absorb the impact of a car accident, even a low speed collision. Back injuries, even minor injuries, can have a significant impact on your daily life.
Accidents like car accidents or slip and falls can cause fractures of all kinds. These types of accidents can lead to the crushing or compression of a vertebrae. A severe injury can even put a chip in the vertebrae as well.
Protruding discs can cause severe back pain if left untreated. There are two main parts that make up the discs as a whole. One is called the annulus and the other is called the nucleus. The annulus serve as a protector for the nucleus. When annulus is damaged, it will cause the nucleus to protrude. When this happens, a person will feel extreme pain on both legs.
Types of Back Surgery
Discectomy involves the removal of the herniated portion of a disk to alleviate irritation caused by a nerve. The procedure usually involves a partial or full removal of the back portion of a vertebra to access the ruptured disk.
Laminectomy involves the removal of the bone overlying the spinal canal. It grows the spinal canal and it functions to relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis.
Spinal fusion involves the connection of two or more bones in the spine. It can alleviate pain by asking stability to the spinal fracture. It is usually used to get rid of painful motions between the vertebrae that can result from a degenerated or injured disk.
Implanted artificial disks are sometimes implemented to alleviate the pain from movement between two vertebrae due to a degenerated or injured disk.
How Long is Recovery?
Recovery from a back surgery can depend on many things, from your overall health to the severity of the symptoms you had before surgery to the type of procedure you had done. A discectomy or laminectomy removes a bit of tissue from the spine area. In those cases, a person may get better in 12 weeks.