What are some different types of disc injuries?
Some different types of spinal disc injuries include:
- Bulging discs
- Protruding discs
- Herniated discs
- Ruptured discs
Ruptured disc injuries occur when the tough outer layer of the disc becomes ripped or torn, and this allows the soft inner tissue of the disc to protrude. Protruding discs, bulging discs, and herniated discs can even compress the nerves of your spinal cord. When the nerve root becomes depressed, this is more serious and can cause pain or numbness radiating down your arms and legs. This can also require trigger injection therapy and or laminectomy surgery.
How do you diagnose a disc injury?
To diagnose a herniated disk, a doctor must first assess any neck, back, arm or leg pain. A physical exam will help determine which nerve roots have been impacted, and to what degree. An X-ray may show evidence of disk or degenerative spine changes. An MRI (short for magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computed tomography) will help determine which disc has been injured. An electromyography—a test that measures nerve impulses to the muscles—may also be necessary to help diagnose your injury if the pain does not subside.
What types of accidents can result in a disc injury?
Injury to a disc in your back or neck can arise from sudden trauma, like that of a motor vehicle accident or a fall from a significant height. A disc injury can also be the result of chronic degeneration after years of heavy lifting on the job. The most common causes of disc injuries are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Heavy lifting or loading
- Construction site accidents
- Injuries due to others’ negligence
How is an injured disc treated?
If conservative treatment fails to relieve pain after a few months, surgery is probably necessary. After a doctor determines the exact location of the injured disc, he or she can surgically remove the disc from the front (anterior) or the back (posterior) of the neck. Surgery may also be advised for progressive weakness, numbness or severe neck and arm pain. Doctors now use advanced microscopic imaging and tracking technology to perform the surgery safely and exactly.
What is a spinal disc injury settlement worth?
Every injury, and possible amount of compensation, varies. Some severe disc injuries may leave you in pain for the rest of your life. Assuming that the other party is 100 percent at fault for the accident, and you have no preexisting injury degenerative disc disease, the settlement value could potentially reach six, even seven figures.
At The Shelnutt Law Firm, our experienced lawyers take every case very seriously. We are dedicated to your claim and will fight to recover the damages you deserve. If you or a loved one suffered spinal disc injury in an accident in or around the Gadsden or Anniston area, please call 256-547-4988 or contact us online for a free consultation.