Herniated disc injuries can occur even in minor automobile accidents. The stress put on the spinal column in a car accident can cause a piece of the spine structure (called a disc) that separates your backbones and vertebrae to move out of place. These injuries are sometimes also called slipped or ruptured disc. These disc structures can push out into the spinal channel and press against spinal nerves producing severe back, neck and leg pain. If you experience a sharp pain in the back, leg or foot after an accident, you should see a doctor immediately. Auto accidents or slip and fall accidents often aggravate a pre-existing herniated disc condition.
Back injuries caused by herniated disc can be a lifelong problem. After an accident, back and neck injury problems sometimes go unnoticed and undiagnosed. The victim hopes that the pain will simply fade. In some cases people recover fine, in others, a disc has been dislodged and a lifetime of uncompensated back pain begins.
Common symptoms of herniated disc. If after an accident you notice any symptoms below, see a doctor. Back pain. If you experience sudden and intense back pain, it is a strong sign that a disc injury may have occurred. Lower back pain is the most common symptom since the most likely disc to herniate in an accident are the bottom two discs in the spinal cord. Ruptured discs in the lower back put pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sharp pains in the legs extending into the feet. Over time, pressure from this disc causes chronic pain and numbness and the back muscles in the affected area may weaken and become damaged.
A herniated disc can cause numbness in the calf, foot and big toe. The injured person may have difficulty walking and performing daily activities. Any other strange sensations in the back, legs or toes that occur after an accident such as weakness and tingling may be from a slip disc. Getting compensated. Car insurance companies have conditioned many people to think that all back and neck related complaints from a car accident are minor and not worthy of compensation. In fact, car accidents represents a large percentage of serious back injury cases in the United States. A serious back problem may lead to a chronic pain, inability to work and lost productivity. A herniated disc claim presented to the insurance companies, backed by expert opinion from your doctor, is needed such that you can fully be compensated.
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