Leg Injuries

Leg Injuries

accident angels health rights auto injury accidents knee pain leg pains 1While fractures, sprains and lascerations can be inflicted upon the legs, the significant forces felt in an auto accident often stress the structures of the spine. These injuries can cause the discs in your spine to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on your sciatic nerves — leading to sciatica.

Sciatica is a term used to describe leg pain that radiates from your back into your buttock, and down the back of your leg. Doctors often call it lumbar radiculopathy, meaning that the pain begins in the spinal nerve roots and “radiates” to your leg. Depending on the cause, acute sciatica typically resolves with rest, exercise, and other self-care measures. Some people suffer from chronic pain that continues despite treatment.

If you experience extreme leg weakness or difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function, a condition called cauda equina syndrome, you should seek medical help immediately.

Assessing and documenting your injuries will not only help your doctor treat you more accurately, but might also help you maximize the settlement of a future insurance injury claim. With thorough and accurate medical records, you will have made the foundation for a sound documentation of your pain, suffering and the extent to which your bodily injuries interfere with your work, hobbies, and your general enjoyment of life. Northwest Injury Centers offer free injury evaluations to victims of recent auto accidents.