A herniated disc is an injury to the back or neck. Also known as a slipped disc, the injury can cause pain, weakness, or numbness. It puts pressure on the body’s nerves, which can result in pain in the lower back, legs, feet, neck, and arms.
Sometimes, this type of injury resolves itself in a matter of weeks. But this isn’t always the case. The injury could have a profound impact on your life. If someone’s negligence resulted in you suffering from a herniated disc injury, you should contact us at the Grossman Law Offices. We may be able to get you compensation for your injuries.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Your backbone is composed of vertebrae, and discs that cushion the vertebrae. When a slipped disc occurs, the interior of the disc comes out through a crack. Usually, this happens in the lower back. However, it can also happen in the neck.
When the inside of the disc leaches out, it causes an irritation in the nearby nerves. The disc itself can also put undue pressure on the nerves. This combination results in pain and difficulty making certain movements.
There are several causes of herniated discs. While a slipped disc can occur for genetic reasons, it can also happen because of an accident. Victims of car accidents and slip and falls commonly experience this type of injury. As the victim falls or absorbs the impact, their disc can rupture.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a herniated disc. But that doesn’t mean someone else isn’t responsible for your injury. If you were in a car accident or another type of personal injury incident, a negligent party could be liable for the accident. You may be able to seek compensation for your injury.
Effects of a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc could impact your life in more ways than you might imagine. Typically, back and neck pain is debilitating. You may be unable to work for weeks or even months. Fresno County claims that one surgery for a slipped disc procedure could leave you out of work for up to eight weeks. As a result, you could miss paychecks and find yourself in a financial bind.
This injury is also quite painful. In some cases, you may find it difficult to sit or drive comfortably. The slipped disc can cause you constant pain and be a major inconvenience.
Finally, your injury could cost you in time and money. For instance, you need to take the time and spend money to visit doctors and possibly see a physical therapist. If you need surgery, the bills are even higher.
What Should You Do If You Experience a Herniated Disc Injury?
Although it’s uncommon, there are some instances when herniated discs require surgery. It’s important to see a medical professional to determine the severity of your injury.
A doctor can inform you of the specifics of the injury. Additionally, they can tell you how to treat it. Typically, treatment involves avoiding certain movements. It may also involve a specific exercise routine, as well as a regiment of pain medication. Some individuals benefit from cortisone injections, epidurals, electrotherapy, and ultrasound. You may need to wear a brace to alleviate some of the discomfort.
In addition to seeing your doctor, you should also speak to an attorney. If your injury was caused by negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the liable party. You could get money for your medical bills and other expenses.