The term “herniated disc” is used to describe a condition in which the outer layer of the cushion-like spinal disc between two vertebrae ruptures, causing the inner gel to leak into the spinal canal. According to the website Spine Universe, a herniated disc can be caused by high impact trauma.
The symptoms of a herniated disc may vary, depending on the location and severity of the injury along the spine. In most cases, the victim will feel like something has slipped, popped or shifted in the back. Generally, the website notes, pain is only felt on one side of the body. Pain from a herniated disc may be quite severe or it may be minimal. It may include numbness, tingling, or burning sensations, as well as muscle weakness, spasms, and even loss of bladder or bowel control. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that as with any car accident injuries, adrenaline and shock may prevent you from realizing the full extent of your injury until days or even weeks after your accident. So it’s important to seek medical attention, even if you’re not completely sure that something is wrong. If a herniated disc is left untreated, it could eventually turn into chronic back pain.
The diagnostic equipment used to confirm a herniated disc include MRI, as well as Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyogram. Though a herniated disc may heal itself over time through a process called resorption, they may also require medications and even surgery and physical therapy in more serious cases.
If you’ve suffered a herniated disc due to a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are likely dealing with the costs of diagnostic and medical treatment. You may also be struggling with the inability to work and subsequent loss of income. You may been entitled to damages—that is, compensation for your injuries and economic loss — via a personal injury claim. The attorneys at DDB Law are experienced in the filing of personal injury claims and can help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.