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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has life-long consequences that can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating to you and your family. Brain injuries are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. The best outcome is dependent on the very best treatment. If you or a loved one has suffered TBI, the experienced Illinois brain injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
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     TBI does not always show up on standard medical tests. Medical breakthroughs are being made every day, and today's advanced technology allows doctors to detect and treat previously undetectable TBI.

 

 

 Types of Back Injuries

There are several different categories of back injuries, including:

Bulging and ruptured disks: Your lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (L1 – L5). Between each vertebra is a disk that might be imagined as a jelly donut with a fibrous material surrounding a gel-like center. If your lower back sustains trauma, this can cause your fibrous material to bulge. In extreme circumstances, your bulging disk may rupture, allowing the gel-like substance to leak out. The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk are shooting pain or numbness into the buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Treatment can include rest, physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, injections, and surgery.

Fractured vertebrae: A fractured vertebra occurs when there is a break in one or more of the five lumbar vertebrae. There are several different places and types of fractures. Your lumbar vertebrae may break in the front (anterior) or back (posterior) as a result of motor vehicle accidents or falls. Compression fractures occur in the front while the back of your lumbar remains intact. Rotational forces cause transverse process fractures, and a flexion fracture arises when your lumbar is pulled apart. 

Lumbar ligament sprains: This injury is the result of the unnatural stretching and tearing of your lumbar ligament, the band of tissue connecting two lumbar discs

 

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that travels from your brain along your vertebrae and down to your extremities. Your spinal cord transmits electrical impulses carrying sensory inputs to your brain and takes commands from your brain to your body. While your vertebrae cover and protect your spinal cord, if you sustain trauma to your neck, head or back, this can damage and even rupture that delicate cord. This injury restricts your nerve impulses, which causes a loss of mobility below your area of injury.

  Spinal cord injuries affect 12,000 people in America each year. Though spinal cord injuries range in severity, they always cause a drastic change in the victim’s life.