Kevin Patrick Law - March 2023

Aching Back? We May Know the Cause 3 Common Spine Injuries to Watch For

THORACIC SPINE INJURIES — The thoracic region is the middle part of your back, and you can think of it as the part of the spine behind your ribs and chest. If you’re in a car accident at high speeds, you could sprain or fracture this part of your spine and end up with nerve damage and/or paralysis. LUMBAR SPINE INJURIES — The lumbar region, aka the lower back, is a relatively tough part of the spine. Still, a car crash can easily sprain or strain the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around your lumbar spine. Those injuries are painful reminders of the collision. In a perfect world, no one would ever have to worry about a spinal injury, but unfortunately, they happen every day. That’s why we always recommend visiting your doctor after a car crash — even if you feel perfectly fine. They can spot symptoms you might miss, order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to identify problems, and treat your hidden injuries before they worsen.

All kinds of scary things can happen to your body during a car crash, but back injuries are among the most terrifying. Your spine is the backbone of your body — literally — and damage to it can cause paralysis, loss of limb function, breathing problems, and even fertility issues. All of these things can be tragic. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, car accidents are the most common cause of spine injuries, and that’s no surprise to our team here at Kevin Patrick Law. We’re lawyers, not doctors, but over the years, we’ve become well-versed in the many spine problems car wrecks can cause, including herniated discs and spinal cord damage. There are five different spine regions, but in our experience, most car crash injuries happen to three of them: the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. CERVICAL SPINE INJURIES — The cervical region is the upper part of the spine: your neck! If your car spins during a crash, you’re T-boned by another vehicle, or you’re hit head-on, you may end up with a cervical spine injury like whiplash.

Take A Break

Irish Pancakes Start your March mornings off with a seasonal flair by making these traditional Irish pancakes! Thick yet crispy, these pancakes are a sweet way to fuel your day. Ingredients • 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 large egg, beaten • 1 cup buttermilk • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided

• 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp kosher salt • 1 tbsp white sugar

Directions 1. In a bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside. 2. In a skillet, brown 1 tbsp of butter.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the beaten egg, buttermilk, and browned butter. 4. In a constant stream, add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients while stirring. Do not overbeat! 5. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tbsp of butter, stir until the skillet is coated, and then add a few large dollops of batter (about 3 inches wide) to the pan. Do not overcrowd. 6. Cook 4–5 minutes a side, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with butter, jam, and syrup.


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