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Fell down the stairs? You could have spinal injuries

If you fall down your stairs, you may laugh it off at first. However, if pain or numbness are present or you feel unusual sensations, it may be a good idea to stay where you are and call for help.

Falls like this can lead to trauma to the walls of the spinal discs. This may result in the spinal discs compressing or slipping out of place. If this happens, you will likely have symptoms immediately or shortly after the fall.

What kinds of symptoms will you notice after damaging the spinal discs?

If you have injured a disc or multiple discs along the spine, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Severe pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Radiating symptoms

If you damage the discs, it’s also possible that you could have a spinal cord injury or nerve damage as a result. Spinal cord injuries may happen if the spinal cord is bruised, cut or torn as a result of a disc moving out of place. Nerve damage could happen if the spinal cord is badly bruised or if the muscles and tendons around the area are injured.

Falls down stairs are preventable

It is possible to prevent falls down stairs. In your apartment or when you visit a business, it’s best to hold onto a handrail as you walk up or down the stairs. If the stairs appear slick or damaged, avoid taking them until repairs can be made.

Good lighting also makes a difference. When there is adequate lighting, it’s easier to see where you’re walking and to avoid debris or damage that may result in you tripping or slipping.

If you fall on someone else’s property, you should know that you may be able to make a premises liability claim. This could be true even if you are renting the property from a landlord. If the premises has not been kept safe, such as if there is no handrail or a stair broke and led to your fall, then you may be in a position to make a claim and to receive compensation for your medical care and other financial losses.