A herniated disc is a painful injury that is generally defined as a rupture of the fibrocartilage – the material found in the discs that are located between the spinal vertebrae.
Designed to act as a “cushion” for the spine, the primary function of a disc is to absorb the stresses that are generated from any impact that the spine often endures during physical activity or movement. A herniated disc injury forces the material in the disc to squeeze out of the disc itself, which often then touches the nerves located in the spinal column.
The result of this serious personal injury can cause excruciating pain for the victim, with shooting pain and heat often being felt in the toes, legs and lumbar region.
If you or someone you love has suffered a herniated back injury due to the negligence of another person or a defective object, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical treatment expenses and other costs related to the repair and rehabilitation of the injury.
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Causes of a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc is also known as a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc and is often created by the compression of the spinal vertebrae to the point that it results in the bulging or rupture of the disc itself.
Some common causes of this injury can include:
- Sudden compression from an auto accident
- Lifting heavy objects
- Being hit in a sporting injury
- Quick twisting motion
…. Amongst many others.
It’s important to note that due to the nature of this injury, many victims are forced out of work for extended periods of time.
Common Symptoms of this Injury
While certain suffers of this injury are not aware of having a herniated disc as the fibrocartilage may not be pressing on any surrounding nerves, however, this is not common.
Most injury victims often experience:
- Numbness in legs and feet
- Weakness in the legs and feet
- Shooting pain in the legs
- Tingling sensation in the feet and lower legs
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- General feeling of discomfort in the lower lumbar region.
Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc
Many victims of a herniated disc injury will often consider trying anything to help alleviate the pain they are experiencing. However, it’s important to note that the proper care and treatment of this injury is crucial to the long term health of the individual.
Some common treatment options include:
- Traction – by using calculated weights connected to the ankles, the gentle action of gravity helps to slightly separate the spinal vertebrae and therefore relieve some of the pressure being exerted on the damaged disc.
- Bed rest – staying bedridden for one to two days can help to relieve some of the pain, However, spending too long in bed can often cause muscle degeneration, which leads to worse pain.
- Walking – using very light movement, walking and other VERY low stress activities can help to loosen up any tight spinal muscles.
- Hydro therapy – due to the inherent buoyancy in water, many herniated disc suffers can perform low levels of physical movement without pain – or with a substantially less amount of pain. This can help with the rehabilitation of an injury victim, as light movement without the stress of gravity can help to stimulate circulation and get muscles moving again.
- Heat pads – a source of warming heat for 15 to 20 minutes every three to four hours can help to alleviate pain. Taking a warm shower can also have a similar effect.
- Pain management – while pain killers and other blockers won’t fix the problem, but they can help with the management of the pain.
- Surgery – while surgery is often a last-resort for many injury victims, in some cases the only way to stop the disc material from touching the spinal nerves is to remove it. There are a variety of different procedures available which can include using natural acids to dissolve the material or other more traditional methods of tissue extraction.
As with any medical injury, it’s VERY important that any injury victim consults with their medical practitioner before attempting any activities.
Herniated Disc? Contact Our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Here at Lewis & Keller, we understand that the costs associated with the treatment of a serious back injury can simply be unaffordable for many injury victims.
With this in mind, we also strongly believe that any negligent people or companies must be held both liable and accountable for their actions.
If you or someone you love has suffered a herniated disc due to the negligence of another person or defective item, we can help to fight you’re the MAXIMUM injury compensation that you may be entitled to receive.
Having won more than $10 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout North Carolina, including:
To find out how we can help you, contact us today at 866-299-1769 and a member from our intake staff will quickly connect you to one of our lawyers that is best suited to help with your specific inquiry.
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