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Living with a new back injury? Here's what to know

You didn't expect to end up in the hospital today. You were riding your motorcycle on a nearly empty roadway. What could go wrong?

People rarely think that they'll be the ones who get hurt until it happens. In your case, a driver was backing out of a driveway and went straight into your path. It was an accident, but you have a back injury as a result.

It's normal to be concerned that this could be a life-changing event. Here's what you should know about living with a back injury.

What makes a spinal injury so serious?

The main reason that a spinal injury is so serious is because of the risk to the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is compressed, bruised, severed or otherwise injured, it may not heal. Unlike other areas of the body, the spinal cord can't repair itself if damaged.

That's why getting help for a spinal injury is essential. When it happens, the area may swell and put pressure on the spinal cord. Continued pressure or increasing pressure could cause damage beyond the initial injury.

Is paralysis always going to happen with a spinal injury?

No, there are varying levels of spinal injuries, and some do not include the spinal cord at all. You could break the vertebrae, herniate a disc or fracture a part of the spine. You could also damage the spinal cord, which is a separate type of injury. If you don't damage the spinal cord, or if you have an incomplete injury, then you may still have feeling and be able to use the parts of your body below the point of the injury.

Regardless of the severity of your injury, if you're out of work and dealing with medical bills, the other party should be held accountable. Our website has more on what to do next.

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