"Management of spinal pain after road accident"
About: Scottish Ambulance Service / Emergency Ambulance Scottish Ambulance Service Emergency Ambulance EH12 9EB Victoria Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Victoria Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics KY2 5AH
Posted by RPZander (as ),
Ambulance arrived at scene. Driver of car (myself) complaining of high pain score due to pain down my spine from middle to lower back. Paramedics assessed my neck movement which was okay (no pain here). My spinal pain seemed to be ignored and I was made to get out of my car and walk across to the ambulance- up the steps of the ambulance and sit on the chair whilst my observations were recorded.
Due to my further complaints of back pain I was eventually assisted onto the stretcher-bed in the ambulance. I was offered no pain relief.
On arrival to A&E I was rushed straight through to Resus where I was made aware that I had 4 wedge fractures to my thoracic spine. I was then immobilised and log rolled for 6 days during my hospital admission before fitted with a back brace. During this time I was also on monitoring for paralysis.
I am disappointed that my spinal pain was not of high concern to the ambulance team as I am very lucky I am not paralysed.