Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery for Injuries Sustained in an Auto Accident
Many times when you are involved in a Bronx, New York auto accident, or an auto crash anywhere in NY State, you sustain injuries to your neck. Injuries to your neck are called “lumbar spine injuries,” because they involve the portion of your back known as your lumbar spine.
Whenever you sustain lumbar spine injuries in an auto accident you could be entitled to a huge recovery from the driver that caused your injury. Often time the violence associated with a NY auto accident causes you injury and compression to your central nervous system as well as the peripheral nerves in your lumbar spine area. This compression can cause you loss of coordination, loss of sensation and strength, numbness, shooting pains, and a tingling of your legs, buttocks, and extremities. When conservative treatment does not work you may be a candidate for lumbar laminectomy surgery.
The Bronx, New York auto accident personal injury attorneys and lawyers at http://www.WinThatCase.com will represent you to recover what you are owed for the injuries you sustained in your accident as well as having to undergo lumbar laminectomy surgery or any surgery as well as physical therapy and other medical treatment. In addition to the Bronx, The personal injury lawyers at Win That Case can represent you not just in the Bronx, but anywhere in New York City and Long Island, including, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County. In addition, the personal injury auto accident law firm of Win That Case can represent you in Westchester County as well.
If you have been injured in a New York auto accident, call our auto injury recovery lawyers and attorneys at Win That Case today anytime 24 / 7 toll free at 877-996-6849. A New York personal injury auto accident specialist lawyer will promptly call you back and give you a free phone consultation.
What is Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery?
Before you can understand what Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery is you need to understand general lumbar spine anatomy and how the various parts of the spine articulate. The lumbar spine is that part of the spine that encompasses the lower. It is made up of 5 bones, called vertebrae. Each vertebra in your spine is separated and cushioned by an intervertebral disc, keeping the bones from rubbing together. Inside the disc is a gel-filled center called the nucleus. The spinal cord runs through the center of the spinal canal, and the peripheral nerves which control movement and sensation run alongside the cord, until it reaches its exit hole called the intervertebral foramen.
This is how the lumbar spine normally articulates. However being involved in an auto accident and having your body whip violently around can easily misalign the vertebrae or cause the disc to herniate and rupture. When a disc herniates the gel on the interior as well as bone and other tissue squeezes, compresses, or impinges / pinches, upon the central nerve, the peripheral nerve(s), sciatic nerve, or all nerves of the lumbar region. When nerves are pinched electrical impulses cannot pass through them as they should. This is what causes loss of strength, numbness, weakness, tingling sensation, pain, loss of range of motion, loss of sensation, shooting pain, and muscle atrophy.
The treatment for this condition of course is to relieve this impingement. Sometimes this can be attained with physical therapy and other medical treatment. When the condition does not improve with such conservative care Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery should be considered.
Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery
A lumbar laminectomy is also known as an open decompression and typically performed to alleviate pain caused by neural impingement. It is this impingement or pinching that places pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spine and cause the pain and weakness. The goal of Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery is to remove the compression / impingement of the nerves to allow for proper transmission of signals to and from the brain.
Each vertebra has two portions of vertebral bone over the nerve roots in the back of the spine. These small flat bones are called the lamina. The lamina functions as a protective covering of the spinal canal. In the lower back, they protect the cauda equina, which are the nerve roots that branch off of the spinal cord. The lamina also protects the nerve roots as they exit the spine. In lumbar laminectomy surgery, all or part of the lamina is removed to take the pressure off of the nerve roots.
The spine is approached through a 2 to 5 inch incision in the midline of the lower back. Next the left and right back muscles, called erector spinae, are dissected off the lamina on both sides. After the spine is approached, the lamina is removed, allowing visualization of the nerve roots. The facet joints, which are directly over the nerve roots, may then be trimmed to give the nerve roots more room. After the surgeon has confirmed that all pressure has been removed from the nerve, the paraspinal muscles are sewn back together to cover the laminectomy site.
My back and body hurts from an auto accident – what now?
Call us today at Complete Orthopedics to schedule an appointment with our orthopedic surgeons. The sooner you schedule and appointment the sooner your injury can be diagnosed and appropriately treated. The sooner conservative treatment is started the greater the chance you have to avoid the need for Lumbar Laminectomy Surgery.
Do not delay in seeking medical treatment! Not only does delaying your treatment prolong your period of illness, but a gap in treatment makes it harder to recover in a personal injury case. In fact, often times what would be a good case to recover upon is ruined by a gap in treatment because someone puts off getting medical treatment. How many times have you heard or said “if I still feel bad next week I’ll go see a doctor…” only to wait and wait and it’s a month or more before treatment is sought. Don’t let this be you! Seek treatment immediately! You have the medical No Fault coverage so treatment is free!
How come treatment is free?
Payment for your lumbar neck whiplash injuries, and all other medical treatment for injuries you sustained in an auto accident are never paid by you. Rather, you are entitled to New York No Fault medical benefits. Under NY State Law, the auto insurer of which you were in when the accident occurred must pay your medical and surgical bills. If you were a pedestrian, then the car’s auto insurer that struck you must pay your medical bills.
However, you must apply for your No Fault benefits with the auto insurer IMMEDIATELY. Under NY No Fault law, you only have 30 days to make the application. If you submit the application more than 30 days after the accident the insurer will disclaim coverage for a late application. This means that you will be out of pocket for your medical treatment.
Who can assist me in filing my NY No Fault Application?
The New York automobile accident injury attorneys at Win That Case will make the No Fault application for you. Either call us directly at 877-996-6849 or tell the doctors at Complete Orthopedics that you injuries were sustained in an automobile accident. They will assist you in getting in touch with the lawyers at Win That Case and completing your application for No Fault medical coverage insurance.
Do don’t delay – call Complete Orthopedics today! Call the NY auto accident attorneys at Win That Case today at 877-996-6849, or have Complete Orthopedics and his staff get you in touch with the attorneys at Win That Case.
The lawyers at Win That Case make it very convenient. They come to you! They will meet you at your home, hospital or at Complete Orthopedics. They will take care of all of your paperwork and applications, and ensure that you recover everything you are owed.