You slipped on a large patch of ice that was covered by snow. After leaving the hospital, you find that movement causes your injured back to hurt badly. At times, you can do nothing but lie down and use a heating pad.
You want to return to work, but it is not possible right now. You and your spouse worry about how you will make it.
The supermarket owners did not have the snow and ice cleared after a snowstorm
Your town has an ordinance requiring business owners to clear their parking lots and sidewalks of snow and ice. When your spouse comes to the hospital to see you, they tell you the parking lot is still covered with snow.
When you call the town offices, you learn that it has notified the store owner to immediately clear the accumulated snow and ice.
The doctor who has been treating you believes your back injury could be permanent
After undergoing X-rays and MRIs, your doctor tells you that your injury might be permanent. They discuss your back pain and other symptoms and answer your questions.
Because of how you fell and landed, your back is now in an acute pain phase. You feel the pain as a sharp sensation, which covers a large area. At times, the pain decreases to a dull sensation.
Treatments and your prognosis for your chronic back pain
Your doctor has prescribed over-the-counter ibuprofen, heat, ice and muscle relaxants. You are also supposed to move around slowly to prevent stiffness; you will soon be seeing a doctor of osteopathy.
You and your doctor are working to decrease your pain so it becomes chronic. Your back pain will be managed in a way that allows you to return to a higher level of function. Learning more about your permanent injury may help you to decide what to do next.