Herniated Disc Lawyer
Discs are located in the lower part of the back. They protect the vertebra in the spine, acting as shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible. Cracks or tears in the outer part of the disc cause the inner gel to push through the cracks, causing the disc to split open. This is called a herniated disc. It is sometimes also called a slipped disc.
Aging and degeneration usually cause herniated discs. Like other parts of the body, the discs become less flexible as you age, and become more susceptible to damage. Accidents, like car accidents or a slip-and-fall at work, can also cause herniated discs. Though herniated discs don’t always require surgery, they can result in a lot of pain for injury victims. As accident victims know, injuries don’t just lead to physical pain, but can also contribute to a loss of wages, a decreased well-being, and mental distress. For someone with a herniated disc, the issues can go far beyond just pain.
- Arm or leg pain, which intensifies with movement
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Decrease in bladder or bowel control
Some people, however, do not exhibit symptoms. That is why it’s important to see a doctor after an accident. They may be able to spot an injury that the person was not even aware of. If you do not see a doctor immediately, but then begin experiencing pain later, an insurance company might argue that it was a preexisting condition, and not the result of your accident.
Herniated discs are general treated with painkillers, or for more severe pain, cortisone injections or narcotics like OxyContin. Physical therapy can also help people reclaim their live from pain.
If you are suffering from a herniated disc after an accident, don’t hesitate to get treatment from a doctor and guidance from an attorney.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after an disc injury, please contact us. We’ll see you through.