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December 30, 2020

Back Injured from a Car Accident?

by Evan Breaux | Auto Accidents | 0 comments

Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment

As one of the top personal injury law firms in New Orleans, we are frequently approached by clients who are suffering from serious spinal pain caused by their auto accident. Often, this pain is the result of a herniated disc.

The speed and forces involved in a car accident often cause serious harm to a person’s soft tissue. One common injury that occurs with some regularity during car accidents is a herniated disc in an injured person’s spine. A herniated disc can cause significant pain and limit the type of activities in which a person can engage. Depending on the severity of the injury, the pain can last for a few months or it can last forever. Prompt action after a car accident can help injured persons recover compensation for their losses and expenses caused by a herniated disc.

What is a Herniated Disc?

In between each vertebrae of a person’s spine are discs. Discs are round, jelly-like shock absorbers positioned between the vertebrae in the spinal column. Each disc has an external membrane called an annulus as well as a jelly-like center. The forces exerted on the body during a car accident can cause the spine to jerk abruptly. This abrupt jerking can cause a disc or multiple discs to shift their position. When the discs shift, different types of pain result. Naturally, the more severe the shift, the worse the pain can be. In some of the worst cases, disc material can break through the annulus and make contact with the nerve; in these cases, the adjacent vertebrae may contact each other due to the absence of the disc in between.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

It is not uncommon for the pain of a herniated disc to not present itself for some time after an auto accident. It may feel like something is just out of place in your back or neck. You may feel painful or unusual sensations in various parts of your body, usually the upper and/or lower extremities. These sensations can either be a numbing feeling, a “pins and needles” or tingling feeling, or a sharp, stabbing pain. Some other symptoms of a herniated disc include muscle spasms or muscle tightness, muscle weakness, pain that comes and goes or increases with certain movements or activity, loss of feeling or strength in arms and legs, or loss of control over bowel or bladder.

Herniated Disc Treatment

After a car accident, you may wonder if you have a herniated disc, especially considering that symptoms may appear some time after the crash. An MRI scan can detect whether you do, in fact, have a herniated disc. Immediately following a car crash or serious accident, you should seek medical attention. The law office of Breaux Law Firm has a vast network of healthcare providers who can get you the treatment you need regardless of whether you have health insurance.

If you’re worried that you may be suffering from a bulging or herniated disc, contact Breaux Law Firm now for FREE. We will get you the medical assistance you need. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (504) 882-0545 or you can email us at