A common injury following may types of motor vehicle crashes is a herniated disc. A herniated disc may be the cause of leg pain, back pain, and muscle weakness. Simply put, a herniated disc occurs when the cushion sitting between spinal vertebrae is forced outside its normal position. This serious condition must be properly diagnosed and treated to prevent permanent pain.
The spine of a human being is a series of disc shaped bones resting between shock absorber like cushions of cartilage. To better understand a herniated disc, an basic understanding of the human spine can be seen in the following diagram:
As the above diagram illustrates, the spinal column is a series of bone and cartilage discs, acting as an intricate shock absorbing system. You will notice above that a disc herniation occurs when the shock absorbing cartilage is forced out of the normal structure of the spinal column. A disc herniation is an extremely painful condition which often occurs from the forces involved in a motor vehicle crash, or fall.
The pain associated with a herniated disc is caused by the interruption of the intricate nerve system woven into the spinal column. According to Dr. Johnathan Cluett, M.D., when the herniated disc pushes outside of its normal resting place, spinal cord and spinal nerves can become pinched. This pinching of the spinal nerves may cause debilitating pain and suffering.
When spinal nerves become compressed, they fail to work properly. This irritated nerve malfunction tends to produce one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain that radiates, or shoots into your arms or legs.
- Muscle weakness.
- Tingling and numbness, electric sensation.
- Neck and/or back pain.
- Possible bladder complications.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is best to consult with an orthopedic surgeon about your condition. An orthopedic surgeon will order a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI), to obtain a complete picture of the spinal discs and cushions. Treatment of a herniated disc ranges from surgery to physical therapy.
A herniated disc is often caused by forces involved in motor vehicle crashes. An automobile crash produces sudden forces which jolt the spine, forcing the cartilage cushion from its natural safety position, pinching the complex spinal nerve system. There are also several other natural conditions of the spine such as degenerative disc disease, thinning discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration with Osteophyte formation.
Due to the various types of disc related injuries, it is important that a disc injury is diagnosed properly and early on. If you have suffered a disc injury as the result of the negligence of another person, a Missouri disc herniation lawyer will fight to ensure you receive full reimbursement for your injury. In the realm of disc herniation, large insurance corporations attempt to blame the painful symptoms on previous injuries, or natural causes. This is a common tactic insurance companies use to avoid paying claims, and thereby make a profit for their stockholders. It is crucial that disc injuries are diagnosed properly to prevent insurance companies fraudulently denying your reimbursement claim.
If you have experienced a disc herniation, contact a Missouri personal injury lawyer familiar with vertebral disc injuries. A disc herniation lawyer will fight to ensure you are not taken advantage of by national insurance corporations. To discuss your injury with a disc herniation lawyer, please contact Christopher Dixon at 1.314.409.7060. Our case intake specialists also stand by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.