As the name suggests, a slip and fall accident occurs when a person trips or slips, resulting in an injury. Slip and fall accidents can occur within a person’s own home, but often they happen outside of the home as a result of negligence on the part of other property or business owners. A small number of slip and falls can be freak accidents causing severe disability or even death; however most of the time an injury sustained by a patient who slipped and fell is not life threatening.
This does not mean that such injuries are not serious. Injuries from a slip and fall can include neck sprains, vertebral subluxation (slight dislocation of the vertebrae), muscle strains, slipped discs, nerve damage and sciatica. All of these injuries cause pain (ranging from mild to debilitating) and can affect a person’s mobility and ability to carry out daily functions.
When an injury does not heal naturally, and pain levels become chronic, it may become necessary to visit a doctor specializing in the treatment of slip and fall in Miami. For a person seeking help after a slip and fall accident, Miami Accident Center provides a range of chiropractic and physiotherapy options aimed at treating injury and relieving pain.
Injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include:
If the neck is twisted at a strange angle during a fall or if a sudden impact causes the vertebrae in the neck to become dislocated, the result is often pain, stiffness and loss of range of motion. Neck injuries are also a common cause of chronic tension headaches.
Falling on a hard surface can cause injury to the upper and lower back. Some back pain is the result of inflammation and bruising of the muscles and ligaments, while at other times dislocation of the vertebrae may cause damage to the nerves, causing pain in the back as well as tingling or numbness in the limbs.
Injury to the vertebrae in the lower spine can put pressure on the spinal cord and pinch the spinal nerves. Sciatica causes shooting pains to radiate through the lower back and down the legs, and can severely affect mobility.
Herniated, or slipped, discs occur when a serious accident causes a misaligned spine to push spinal discs slightly out of position. Pain from a slipped disc is intense and requires immediate treatment. A chiropractor is able to manipulate the vertebrae and discs back into their proper position, providing relief from pain and often eliminating the need for expensive and invasive back surgery.