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Disc Herniation in an Illinois Car Accident
Car accidents can cause a disc to bulge in your back. That bulging disc is also called a herniated disc. Insurance companies love to argue that your disc herniation did not happen in the car crash but was due to natural aging process. We know better. The experienced and successful Chicago-land car accident attorneys at Stein & Shulman know that disc herniations suffered in a car accident are incredibly painful and wreak havoc on your life. We understand that herniated discs cause tremendous pain and loss of quality of life. We work with your doctors and other experts to prove that your car accident directly caused your injuries as well as your pain and suffering.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A disc is a rubbery, cushioning material that separates your vertebrae. Your discs also encircle your spinal column. The material is jelly-like. It allows your spine to bend and move freely while keeping your spine aligned. The disc prevents the vertebrae from contacting each other as you walk, run, bend or lift. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, pushes out of the tough exterior disc wall through a tear in that wall and impinges on nearby nerves. The pressure placed on the nerve creates all of the problems.
You are more likely to suffer a herniated disc in your lower back, called your lumbar spine, but it can happen anywhere along your spine, including your neck or cervical spine as well as the middle of your back, called the thoracic spine.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Herniated Disc?
The pain or discomfort you feel from a herniated disc depends upon where in your back the injury happened. By way of example:
- A slipped disc in your upper back can affect your arms. You might feel numbness, weakness, or tingling in your arms.
- You can also feel intense pain in your shoulder area and arm as well. Standing or sitting may not necessarily cause you pain. But the most basic human movements such as bending, and lifting, or even coughing and sneezing can cause you excrutiating pain.
- Your muscles weaken when your nerves become impinged.
- A herniated disc in your lower back will affect your lower body. You may experience a shooting pain in your buttocks and your legs. The pain can radiate all the way to your feet.
- The shooting pain may come from a sudden movement, rapid movement. The weakness from the impinged nerve can make you stumble or lose balance as you are walking.
How Will My Doctor Diagnose The Disc Herniation?
If you experience any shooting pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in your extremities, then you should see a doctor immediately. Your doctor will take a history of your pain and see if it can be traced back to the accident. The doctor may order you to go to physical therapy to try to strengthen the muscles around the injury. Your physician may also prescribe pain relievers for you. If the pain and other symptoms do not go away, your doctor can order x-rays for you to see if any of your bones are broken. If not, you can have an MRI performed on the area. An MRI will show a herniated disc.
Recovering For Pain Due To Disc Herniations
Most people over 40 years of age have a disc herniation somewhere along their spine. The herniation may not cause any pain until a sudden impact injury causes you to suffer. Even if you had a pre-existing disc bulge, you could recover for your pain and suffering. We have the experience to prove how your life was affected by a car accident, how much pain you are in, the extent of the treatment you had to go through to relieve your symptoms, and whether your symptoms are permanent.
The Chicago car wreck law firm of Stein & Shulman, LLC is a group of dedicated, successful, and committed attorneys who devote their practice to winning compensation for their clients who were injured through no fault of their own. Learn how you can protect your rights by making an appointment today by calling (312) 422-0500 or complete our on-line contact form to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless they are successful on your behalf.
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