When you’re out running errands or enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant, the last thing you expect to receive is a painful injury. More than a million people suffer slip and fall accidents each year, with the accompanying damage ranging from sprained ankles and slipped spinal discs to broken bones and head trauma. Whether or not an actual slip is involved, any situation in which a person falls on another’s property due to unsafe conditions is considered a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can take some different forms. Grocery store shoppers can trip on cardboard boxes left on the ground by employees stocking shelves. Hotels with poor lighting can make it difficult for guests to navigate the premises safely. A dinner date can take a turn for the worse when someone’s foot gets caught on torn carpeting or uneven floorboards.
Depending on the nature of the fall, some injuries may not be immediately apparent. However, it’s still important to receive an evaluation by a medical professional to ensure that minor traumas don’t escalate into more serious problems over time. Our Atlanta Orthopedic Doctors have access to the latest diagnostic technology and can quickly determine the extent of the injuries you sustained from a slip and fall.
In some cases, injuries from a slip and fall are noticeable right away. Bruising and swelling may occur within the first twenty-four hours, bringing with it stiffness and reduced mobility. These milder symptoms can sometimes be lessened with rest and regular icing, but in other cases, discomfort only increases with time. Our doctors can identify the cause of the trauma and provide a treatment plan to aid recovery.
The business or agency responsible for the location where the fall took place may be liable for your accident. In this situation, having medical documentation of your injuries and the treatment you receive can help support your case. By pursuing a diagnosis as soon as possible after a fall and by following through will the prescribed treatment, you will be better prepared to defend your claim.
Neck sprains are among the most common injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident. The abrupt jolt can overextend the ligaments, resulting in swelling, discomfort, and reduced range of motion. Mobility can also be impaired due to painful muscle strains in the neck or back. Since the neck is interconnected with other parts of the body, a neck injury usually suggests that damage has also been sustained elsewhere.
Similarly, the sudden shock of a slip and fall can cause whiplash, which often doesn’t produce symptoms until twenty-four to forty-eight hours following the accident. Whiplash can damage spinal discs or joints, aggravating nerves or even the spinal cord itself. This damage can result in numbness, tingling sensations, reduced strength, muscle stiffness, generalized pain, or even feelings of dizziness. Muscle strains and ligament sprains frequently accompany whiplash as well.
In more severe cases, weakness, tingling, or reduced sensation, particularly in the arm, can signal a herniated spinal disc. If forceful enough, the impact from a fall can place the vertebrae under so much pressure that the soft substance inside the disc is pushed outward to the point that it touches a nerve. In other situations, a slip and fall can cause the neck vertebrae themselves to become dislocated, especially when the cervical bone is fractured.
Whether your injuries are minor or more severe, the doctors at AICA Orthopedics are dedicated to helping you get back on your feet after slipping and falling. Once we understand the nature of your fall, we’ll take x-rays to see if there’s any visible skeletal damage. If we need to investigate further, an MRI is available on-site to determine the extent of your soft tissue injuries, while our in-house CT scan can help to rule out hairline fractures.
With an accurate diagnosis in hand, our chiropractors, orthopedists, and physical therapists will seamlessly collaborate on creating a custom treatment plan for you. Whether your situation requires adjustments to restore alignment to your spine, physical therapy to heal soft tissue damage, spinal decompression for herniated discs, or casting for broken bones, our team of physicians can provide you with comprehensive care all under one roof.
Wherever you are in Atlanta, AICA Orthopedics is never far away. If you need a helping hand after your slip and fall, contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our many convenient locations. Call us at (404) 855-2141 today!