Herniated Disc Injury Lawsuits
A herniated disc is defined as a condition that affects the spine due to a trauma which causes a tear in the exterior fibrous ring of the backs intervertebral disc. This damage causes the soft middle section of the back to bulge beyond of the damaged outer rings.
The purpose of these discs are to absorb the stress which is caused by an outside force, such as that caused by physical activity and everyday movements. Unfortunately, these discs were not designed to sustain extreme force such as that which is produced during a car accident, thus herniated discs are rather common in car accidents.
If you or a member of your family has been involved in an automobile accident, our car accident attorneys believe the victim may be entitled to compensation benefits for all injuries, losses, and damages sustained.
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Causes of Herniated Discs
In most cases, a herniated disc is caused due to the everyday wear and tear of the discs. As individuals get older, the vertebral discs lose fluids which help them maintain their flexibility. Of course, herniated discs can also be caused by injuries to the spine, such as during an automobile accident. These injuries are usually very small tears or cracks to the outer layer of the vertebral disc, thus causing the jelly-like interior to be forced through these tears or cracks.
Some common causes of herniated discs include:
- Compression caused by car accidents
- Two-point seatbelts
- Moving heavy objects resulting from a crash
If you believe you are suffering from a herniated disc following a car accident, our attorneys advise to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This will assure your injuries have been taken care of, in addition to these medical documents being viable sources for our attorneys to use in the court of law.
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
Typically the symptoms of a herniated disc will vary greatly depending on the location of the disc herniation and the size. In some instances, a herniated disc may be very painful, and in others it could simply result in a back ache.
Some common symptoms of herniated discs include:
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
- Numbness in the feet and legs
- Sharp pain through legs and feet
- Tingling sensation in legs and feet
- Weakness in the feet and legs
As one can imagine, a herniated disc will usually cause discomfort to an individual through the entire lower section of the body. As previously mentioned, this discomfort will depend on the location of the herniation.
Treatments for Herniated Discs
The overall goal of treating a herniated disc is to relive pain, numbness, and weakness caused by the pressure caused in the spine of the back. This treatment is intended to help individuals return to their activities of daily living and to prevent injuring this specific area once again.
Some common treatments for herniated discs include:
Applying heat for short periods of time over a three to four hour time span has been linked to alleviating pain by increasing blood flow to that area. Another method similar to this is to take a warm shower or bath.
Hydro-therapy is effective because it relieves the compression due to the buoyancy in the water. Many therapy methods include exercising in water due to the less stress caused by gravity. This will also help stimulate circulation and make movements easier, thus getting the muscles moving more.
In cases of severe pain, pain medications may be taken. These medications may be prescribed by a physician depending on the severity of pain associated with the herniated disc.
Rest is one of the greatest things you can do after a herniated disc injury. By staying in bed for a few days it will help relieve the pain associated with a herniated disc by decreasing the compression. Of course, we advise to not spend too much time in bed because muscle degeneration will begin to occur and cause increased pain.
Surgery is typically the last resort for individuals suffering from herniated disc injuries. There are many different ways to perform surgery to these areas including applying natural acids to dissolve the material, or using traditional methods to extract tissues.
Traction is performed by attaching weights to the ankles, then using gentle moments to help separate the spinal vertebrae, thus relieving the pressure associated with the damaged vertebrae.
Reduced Stress Activities
By performing reduced stress activities, such as walking or swimming, it will help to loosen up the tight muscles in the back and help relieve some of the stress and pain associated with a herniated disc injury.
As with any injury, individuals should seek medical attention and not attempt to diagnose and fix the problem on their own. Not to mention, back injuries are very serious, thus proper medical attention should be sought out.
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