What You Need to Know About Your Herniated Disk
Many of my clients suffer a herniated disk after a car accident or work injury. Until they are diagnosed with a herniated disk, many victims of a car accident or work injury do not even know what a herniated disk is. I hope this article answers some of your questions. If you have legal questions regarding a herniated disk caused by a car accident or work injury, click here to contact Attorney Matthew Noyes.
Your doctor has told you that you have a herniated disc, but what does this mean to you? When the soft part between bones in the spine presses on the nerves around the backbone, it’s called a herniated disk. Sometimes this is called a ruptured disk. Other times it is called a protruding disk.
Herniated disks are most common in the lumbar spine–the part of your backbone between the bottom of your ribs and your hips. Disks are soft “cushions” between the bones of the spine. The spine holds up your body. It also protects your spinal cord and nerves. The disks in the spine let you move your backbone. When the disk is injured in a car accident or work injury, the outer part may tear. The inside part of the disk pushes through the tear and presses on the nerves beside it.
When part of a disk presses on a nerve, it can cause pain in both the back and the legs. The location of the pain depends on which disk is damaged. How bad the pain is depends on how much of the disk is pressing on the nerve. In most people with herniated disks, the pain spreads over the buttocks and goes down the back of one thigh and into the calf. Some people have pain in both legs. Some people’s legs or feet feel numb or tingly. The pain from a herniated disk is usually worse when you’re active and gets better when you’re resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse when you make these movements because they put more pressure on the nerve.
If you have a herniated disk from a car accident or work injury, your doctor may suggest medicine for the pain. If the pain medicine doesn’t help, your doctor may recommended injections. If the injections do not help, surgery may be required to repair the herniated disk.
It is important that you let your doctor know all the symptoms you are experiencing after being diagnosed with a herniated disk. If the symptoms are not taken care of on a timely basis, it could result in irreversible damage.
If a car accident or work injury caused your herniated disk, it is important that you obtain legal advice as to your rights. Attorney Matthew Noyes’ Tampa Bay law firm has been representing people involved in car accidents and work injuries throughout Florida for over 52 years. To Contact Attorney Matthew Noyes, Simply Click Here.