The bones in the human body that form the spine are cushioned by small discs. When the discs are healthy, they act like shock absorbers and keep it flexible. However, when a disc is damaged, it can break open or bulge, medical professionals refer to this as a herniated disc. A herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine. Although, most herniated discs occur in the lower back.
If you or a loved one has sustained a herniated disc injury due to the negligent actions of another, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an experience personal injury attorney today to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
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Causes of Herniated Discs
Oftentimes, disc herniation is caused by gradual wear and tear as you age. However, a single strain or injury can result in a herniated disc injury. Some other common causes of herniated discs include:
- Excessive weight
- Lifting heavy objects
- Twisting and turning while lifting
- Blow to the back
- Auto accidents
If you are experiencing any back pain or discomfort after being involved in a motor vehicle crash, it’s imperative to see a doctor immediately. Back pain can be an indicator of a serious injury.
If you suffered a herniated disc from car collision, contact the attorneys at Citrin Law Firm today.
Herniated Disc Injury Symptoms
Depending on the location on the spine, herniated discs symptoms will vary. Listed below are some common symptoms of a herniated disc:
Herniated Discs in the Lower Back
- Weak legs
- Numbness in the calf or sole of the foot
- Pain in the leg, hip or buttocks
Herniated Discs in the Neck
- Pain when you sneeze or cough
- Pain in the shoulder, arm or fingers
- Numbness in the shoulder, forearm, elbow and fingers
Usually, the pain will begin slowly and then gradually become worse. Individuals with a herniated disc may also experience pain at night, after sitting or standing, or walking more than few yards.
Accident victims should see a doctor if the pain in the neck or back travels down the arm or leg, or is accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness.
Treatments for Disc Herniation
The majority of patients with a herniated disc will get better after a month or two. Physicians will usually recommend conservative treatments. Some treatments that are often prescribed to patients with a herniated disc injury include:
A physician may order a patient to take over-the-counter pain medicine such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen, if the pain is mild to moderate. If the over-the-counter pain medication does not relieve the pain, a physician may prescribe a narcotic. In addition, muscle relaxers may be prescribed for back spasms.
It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe physical therapy to treat a herniated disc. In physical therapy, the patient can learn exercises that will minimize the pain and discomfort. Also, physical therapy can strengthen a patient’s back and can protect it from getting injured in the future.
Approximately 10 percent of patients with a herniated disc will need surgery to treat the injury. Surgery may be performed on the patient if they are having trouble standing or walking.
Alabama Car Accident Lawyers
Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in Alabama car accidents every year. If you or a loved one has suffered disc herniation or another type of back injury during an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.
At Citrin Law Firm, our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to handle all types of auto accident cases. We have been fighting for the rights of injury victims for over 25 years. Our law firm has helped many residents in Mobile and Baldwin County obtain favorable outcomes for their legal claims.
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