Herniated discs can result from any violent jarring of your body. If you’re riding in a vehicle that’s hit at sufficient speed, if you fall down stairs or are thrown from a motorcycle, herniated discs are a common result. Discs are the soft, spongy material that prevent the bones of your spine from coming in contact with each other and causing you pain and other problems. When an accident disrupts the function of your discs, the results can range from mild to severe.
You’ve probably heard herniated discs referred to as slipped discs or ruptured discs, but it all amounts to the same thing. When they result from accidents, it’s usually because the surrounding bones have been cracked or broken. The soft disc material can escape or squeeze through. It can reach and make contact with your nerves, causing pain, a sense of numbness, or a constant pins-and-needles sensation. The numbness might not centralize only in your back. It can affect your arms and legs as well.
Without proper care and treatment, herniated discs can destroy your quality of life. It’s important that you find out how you can get the care you need. Left untreated, the long-term effects of herniated discs can include:
These symptoms can increase until working and socializing become impossible.
The physicians at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center indicate that surgery is necessary to repair herniated discs at least 10 percent of the time. Even if you don’t require surgery, you’re facing months of physical therapy, limited activity and possibly medication. You may be laid up for six months or more. If you can’t work, who is going to pay your bills? You shouldn’t have to deal with these questions on your own.
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident or you’ve been hurt on someone’s property, and if the accident has resulted in a herniated disc, contact our Atlanta personal injury law firm today.
Don’t suffer alone, thinking nothing can be done about it. We can help. Call Buddoo and Associates, P.C. at (404) 870-3557. We can make the difference between lost time and helping you make the most out of every day of your life.