Most of us have heard of herniated discs, but what are they really, and how do these injuries occur? Actually, Southern California car accidents mainly cause disc injuries. In fact, the force of a collision can cause many different types of injuries, such as spinal cord injury, herniated disc injury, and other serious bodily injuries.
Spinal discs lie between the spinal column and vertebrae, acting like shock absorbers in our bodies. If these disks move or rupture, the spinal nerves compress, causing pain. Such pain indicates a herniated disc injury, which is a common yet painful injury that can happen during a serious car crash. The trauma a driver or passenger experiences can be caused by a spontaneous blow with tremendous force. When this force occurs, a spinal disc can rupture, placing pressure on the nerve root.
Since car crashes in Orange County cause a variety of injuries, sometimes it is difficult to know the extent of the damage due to the different areas of pain. In addition, a herniated disc often can be overlooked in the emergency room, because discs do not show up on x-rays.
In order to accurately diagnose a herniated disc, a CT scan or MRI test needs to be ordered so a doctor can identify a disc herniation. With most cases of herniated disc injuries, the pain improves within weeks. However, some cases leave the victim with constant pain for a lifetime.
A herniated disc can create immense pain throughout a person’s body due to the pressure the disc places on the nerve. The level of pain a person feels may depend on where the disc herniation occurs. If the herniated disc is pinching a nerve, the pain may be more severe, causing shooting pain throughout the body.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a herniated disc, then you may have some questions. Not everyone’s situation is the same. Some victims of herniated discs have their pain disappear without any medical treatment. Others undergo surgery, therapy, and steroid injections, yet still have to live with theis pain for a lifetime.
If your life has changed after a car accident due to acute pain,with, then you should contact an experienced Orange County car accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages to help you live a more comfortable life.
Contact the Law Office of John P. Burns at (877) 320-1338 to speak with a knowledgeable Southern California personal injury attorney. Get answers to your legal questions and advice on the next steps to take. Also, visit our website and request a FREE copy of John Burns’s book, 9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Vehicle Accident Case.