In the blog below, you will find answers to some common questions about herniated disc injuries following an Illinois car accident. These can be serious injuries, and car accident victims should be aware of the possibility for a legal claim for damages in Illinois due to a herniated disc.
What does it mean to have a herniated disc?
The spine is composed of more than 30 discs that are characterized by their location on the spine. When a person suffers a herniated disc, he or she has a tear in the outer ring of a disc, which causes a protrusion of the inner portion of the disc. As a result of the protrusion, the nerve tissue of the spine becomes exposed, causing painful symptoms for the patient.
What can cause a herniated disc?
Herniated discs can happen in a number of different ways. Sometimes, the tear will happen over time or with age, and the person will gradually experience worsening symptoms. However, herniated discs can also occur from a traumatic event, like a car accident. A blow to the body during an accident can create a new tear or make an existing tear worse.
What are the treatment options for a herniated disc?
Herniated discs usually involve one or more of the following treatments:
- Pain medications – Initially, most patients with herniated discs will receive pain-management treatment that includes medications. Sometimes, patients will find enough relief from medications that they do not need further treatment.
- Surgery – More often than not, patients with herniated discs will need surgery for full relief. The surgery can be invasive and expensive and require a long amount of time for recovery.
- Physical therapy – Most patients will also receive physical therapy for herniated discs, either without or in conjunction with surgery.
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