Back Pain - Cause & Treatment


Hoey & Farina, P.C.
Personal Injury Lawyers / Wrongful Death Attorneys

Your spinal column is a very complex, compact and vital part of your body. Your health is dependant on its health.

Although a back injury may seem minor, simply a muscle strain or inflammation, it needs to be evaluated and treated promptly to prevent additional or permanent damage.

In between the vertebra in your spinal column are discs that provide cushioning, flexibility and protection to the nerves which go to other parts of your body such as your arms, hands, legs and feet.

An injury to your back may result in:

  • Muscle Strain
  • Inflammation
  • Bulging Disc (extends outside of normal space)
  • Herniated Disc (also known as “ruptured” or “slipped” discs; inner core of disc protrudes out)
  • Spinal Cord Damage
  • Nerve Damage

An examination for minor back pain will look at possible soft tissue injury. More serious (radiating) or persistent pain will require more extensive medical evaluations involving:

  • X-Ray
  • CT (CAT Scan)
  • Mylegram (Involves injected dye into spinal column.)
  • MRI
  • EMG (Nerve conduction study to check for pinched nerves.)
  • Discography (Involves injecting dye into spinal disc.)

A minor back injury may be successfully treated conservatively with prescriptions, physical therapy, injections or even weight loss. A more serious back injury, or a minor back injury that does not heal with conservative treatment, may require surgery such as:

  • Laminectomy (Removal of portion of the degenerative disc.)
  • Laminotomy (Decompression of spinal canal.)
  • Foraminotomy (Removal of bone and tissue compressing nerve.)
  • Spinal Fusion (Fusing of vertebrae with bone grafts or metal plates to stabilize spine.)
  • Percutaneous Discectomy (Removal of materials pressing on nerves.)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement (Alternative to spinal fusion; approved for one-level applications; still considered “experimental” for two and three-level disc replacement.)

If you have a back injury, it’s important that you treat with an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon specializing in both diagnosing and treating back pain. If your back pain is due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important, too, that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury or wrongful death, call an experienced personal injury lawyer / wrongful death lawyer at Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your FREE CONSULTATION. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.


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Chicago, Illinois 60605
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Toll Free: (888) 425-1212
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Representing clients throughout the United States.


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