Thursday, January 21, 2010

Car Accident: Surgery

Surgery is one of the most invasive types of treatment you may undergo after being in a car accident. You may not want to have surgery, but after exhausting all of the alternatives and fully discussing the matter with your Las Vegas car accident attorney and doctor, it may be the best option for you. It is important to note that your Las Vegas auto accident attorney will make sure that you get all of the treatment you need, including surgery, without any out of pocket expense on your part. So, all you have to think about is getting better.

The first procedure which may be discussed is a Diskectomy. This involves removal of the herniated portion of a disk to relieve irritation and inflammation of a nerve. It's done as an open surgery and typically involves full or partial removal of the back portion of a vertebra (lamina) to access the ruptured disc.

The second type of procedure you may hear about is a Laminectomy. This procedure involves the removal of the bone overlying the spinal canal. It enlarges the spinal canal and is performed to relieve nerve pressure caused by spinal stenosis, a type of narrowing of your spinal column.

A third type of common surgery is a Fusion. Spinal fusion permanently connects two or more bones in your spine. It can relieve pain by adding stability to a spinal fracture. It is occasionally used to eliminate painful motion between vertebrae that can result from a degenerated or injured discs. One problem with a fusion, is that it may make the discs above and below the fused discs weaker. However, the pros and cons of the procedure will be discussed in detail with your Las Vegas accident lawyer and doctor, before you make a decision on how to proceed.

Lastly, implanted artificial discs are a treatment alternative to spinal fusion for painful movement between two vertebrae due to a degenerated or injured disc. These relatively new devices are still being studied, however, so it's not yet clear what role they might play in treating spinal disc disease.
These are just some of the surgery types you may discuss with your accident lawyer and doctor. However, you may not need surgery right now, but may need it the future. Your Las Vegas car accident lawyer will make sure you have the money you need to pay for any surgery you may need in the future.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Car Accident: Pain Management Treatment

Once you have sought urgent care or emergency room treatment, have seen you primary doctor who has coordinated all of your care, including chiropractic care, physical therapy and any diagnostic testing, you may need additional treatment, if your pain still will not go away. The additional treatment your Las Vegas injury lawyer and doctor may recommend is pain management. Pain management may consist of injections in your neck or back to stop the pain at its source. A common type of injection is an epidural steroid injection, which can alleviate your pain for up to weeks at a time. A type of typical pain management treatment which you may undergo, after talking it over with your doctor and Las Vegas personal injury lawyer, is a rhizotomy. Rhizotomy is a medical procedure where the nerves are burned, to inhibit the sensation of pain from reaching your brain. Many of your Las Vegas car accident lawyer clients choose rhizotomy, so they can avoid taking pain medication daily. If you have tried all of the above treatments and you still are getting better, then surgery may be the best alternative for you. Next time, we will discuss types of surgery you may undergo.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Car Accident: Diagnostic Testing

There are three very common types of diagnostic testing that you may undergo after your Las Vegas car accident. Your Las Vegas car accident attorney and the physicians she works with are very knowledgeable in the types of testing you may need to fully evaluate your health. The three major types of diagnostic testing you may review are (1) X-rays; (2) CT scans; and (3) MRIs. Each one will be looked at in turn.

X-rays are great to see if you have any broken bones (commonly done at the emergency room or urgent care) or to look at the alignment of your spine (something your chiropractic will be looking for). If your car accident was minor and you recover from your injuries within 3-4 months, an x-ray is all that you will undergo. However, if you are not recovering at a pace that your Las Vegas accident lawyer and doctors feel is not normal, you may need additional testing to determine what is wrong.

Computed tomography scanning (“CT scan”) also called computer axial tomography (CAT) is a more sophisticated type of x-ray. The CT scan can see things the normal x-ray cannot see. So, if you are still in unexplained pain and an x-ray did not show anything, you may need a CT scan. If the CT scan does not show anything, but you still have pain that will not go away with chiropractic care and physical therapy, your Las Vegas personal injury attorney and doctor may recommend that you receive an MRI to see what could be wrong with you. An MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI can be done with or with a contrasting agent to help see inside your body. If the space between your spine’s discs have been damaged in any way as a result of your Las Vegas car accident, the MRI will show it.