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Link Between Back Injuries and Breathing Discomfort

Whether the injury stems from a car accident or a work-related incident, it can have a significant impact on your musculoskeletal system, resulting in back-related breathing discomfort
Link Between Back Injuries and Breathing Discomfort
Published Date
May 1, 2023

Back injuries often lead to back pain, which causes a hindrance in carrying out everyday activities. However, there are certain back injuries that can lead to painful or difficult breathing. These symptoms could signal a more severe condition. Whether the injury stems from a car accident or a work-related incident, it can have a significant impact on your musculoskeletal system, resulting in back-related breathing discomfort. In such cases, immediate medical assessment is crucial. Many types of back injuries can cause breathing pain, and effective treatment requires time and quality medical care.

Signs of Back Injuries

Numerous back injuries can manifest as pain during breathing, often associated with damage to soft tissues and muscles, these lead to the following symptoms:

  1. Chest pain
  2. Breathing pain and difficulty
  3. Stiffness
  4. Headaches
  5. Tightness
  6. Inflammation and tenderness
  7. Muscle spasms

Injuries to the supportive structures around the spine can cause sharp pain during actions as simple as coughing, sneezing, or taking a deep breath.

Common Back Injuries Leading To Painful Breathing

  1. Sprained and Strained Back Muscles and Ligaments:

These injuries frequently result in breathing discomfort. Sprained or strained muscles may swell and cause spasms, especially if the injury affects the mid or upper back.

  1. Herniated Discs:

A herniated disc occurs when the soft cushion between vertebrae ruptures and leaks into the disc's outer sac. This can lead to inflammation and pressure on the spine and surrounding nerves, causing pain during breathing.

  1. Vertebral Fractures:

A broken vertebra can cause a variety of side effects based on the type of fracture. It can result in pressure, inflammation, weakness, pain, and difficulty with mobility, including breathing.

If you've experienced a work-related incident and are uncertain about the extent of your injuries, experiencing breathing pain during deep breaths can be an indicator of a back injury. During such situations, it is advisable to err on the side of caution. If you're unsure about your injury status, reporting the incident and promptly seeking a doctor's evaluation is the best course of action. This evaluation will determine the injury's severity and help formulate an effective treatment plan. 

Collaborating with a healthcare professional experienced in workers' compensation is vital, as they will assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation for your workers' compensation claim. This not only enhances the likelihood of a successful workers' compensation claim but also accelerates your path to recovery. HEMA possesses extensive experience in addressing various workplace and auto-related injuries, including back injuries.

We can provide diagnosis, recovery guidance, and assistance with proper documentation for your workers' compensation or auto accident case. To know more, reach out to us; your well-being and claim are our top priorities!

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