Herniated Discs Resulting from Montana Auto Accidents
The impact from car crashes can cause disc herniation, even when there is low velocity impact. A herniated disc is sometimes referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc. A herniated disc refers to a problem with one or more of the discs (soft cushions) between the vertebrae, which are individual bones that make up the spine. A spinal disc is sometimes compared to a jelly donut, with a softer, gel-like center encased with a tougher exterior.
The herniation occurs when some of the softer, gel-like tissue pushes out, or herniates, through a weakness in the tougher exterior. Sometimes the herniation can press on the nerves that exit the spin near the disc herniation, resulting in shooting pain, weakness, or numbness in one or both legs and in the back.
Surgery may be the only way to eliminate the pain from a disc herniation. More conservative treatment includes physical therapy, medications such as muscle relaxants, pain killers, or anti-inflammatories. A serious back problem from disc herniation may cause chronic pain, and result in lost income due to an inability to work.
If you have been injured in a Montana car accident causing disc herniation, you should contact McGrady Law Firm which specializes in personal injury cases.