The bones that form your spine are cushioned by small discs. Healthy discs act like shock absorbers for the spine and keep it flexible. When the discs begin to bulge or break open this is referred to as a herniated disc.
If you or a loved one has suffered a herniated disc to the negligence of another, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact a Knoxville personal injury lawyer to explore your legal options.
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Causes of Herniated Discs
Most disc herniation is caused by general wear and tear as you age. Listed below are some other common causes of herniated discs:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Twisting and turning while lifting
- Blows to the back
- Excessive weight
- Motor vehicle accidents
If you are experiencing back pain following vehicle collision, its important to seek medical attentions. Back pain can by a symptom of a serious injury.
If you or a family member suffered a herniated disc from a car accident, contact Greg Coleman Law today.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
The symptoms of a herniated disc tend to vary depending on the location of the injury. Commons symptoms of herniated disc are:
Herniated Discs in the Lower Back
- Pain in the leg, hip or buttocks
- Numbness in the calf or sole of the foot
- Leg weakness
Herniated Discs in the Neck
- Pain in the shoulder, arm or fingers
- Pain when you cough or sneeze
- Numbness in the shoulder, forearm, elbow and fingers
Typically, the pain starts out slowly and the gradually becomes worse. Individuals may also experience pain at night, after sitting or standing, or after walking more than a few yards.
Injury victims should seek medical attention if the pain in the neck or back travels down the arm or leg, or its accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness.
Treatments for Herniated Discs
Most people with a herniated disc will get better in a month or a two. Usually, doctors will recommend conservative treatments for patients. The following treatments are often prescribed for herniated discs:
A doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen, if the pain is mild to moderate. However, if the pain does not subside a doctor may then prescribe a narcotic for a short period of time. Patients may also be prescribed a muscle relaxer if they have back spasms.
Often, doctors will prescribe physical therapy for a herniated disc. A physical therapist can teach the patient exercises that will minimize their pain and discomfort. In addition, physical therapy can strengthen the back and help protect it from getting injured in the future.
One out of ten patients with a herniated disc will need surgery to treat the injury. Typically, surgery is performed if the patient is having trouble standing or walking.
Knoxville Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one sustained a herniated disc during an auto accident, you may have able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Accident victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact Greg Coleman Law to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
Greg Coleman Law is dedicated to helping injured Tennessee residents receive the justice that they deserve. Our legal team has successfully handled numerous personal injury claims.
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