Common Injuries Caused by Falling on Your Back
- Posted on: May 15 2021
Falling on your back is a fairly common workplace injury, especially if your job involves climbing up ladders. This type of injury can be very serious, especially if you fall a good distance. Falling on your back can damage the spine, neck, and much more. Here are some of the most common injuries that can be caused by falling on your back.
You Can Fracture or Break Bones
If you fall forward, you’re likely to put your arms out to try to break your fall. This can result in breaking bones in the hands and arms. If you fall backwards, you may not necessarily put your arms out. That doesn’t mean you won’t break bones, though. It’s very possible to break your tailbone, your back, your neck, and even your ribs. If you twist as you fall, you can break a number of other bones, too.
You Can Get a Concussion
If you land on your back, it’s very possible that your head will hit the ground, too. This can lead to a concussion. This is a type of traumatic brain injury that can cause headache, difficulty concentrating, problems with your balance, and even short-term memory loss. Normally, these symptoms are temporary. However, a major blow or repeated damage to your head can cause permanent damage. If you start falling backwards, do what you can to keep your head forward to avoid damage to the brain.
When people think of spinal injuries, they often think of being paralyzed. While paralysis can certainly happen from falling on your back, it’s not the only type of spinal injury. You may lose some range of movement, but you may also lose feeling in parts of your back or your body. You could feel tingling or burning from the damage to your nerves, or you could simply stop feeling any sensation at all. It all depends on how severe the injury is and what part of your spine was damaged.
Have you fallen on your back at work? If so, you definitely have a workers’ comp case. You need to work with an expert in both pain management and workers’ comp cases to make certain you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the team at Maximum Orthopedics today to schedule a consultation so we can begin working on your case.