Herniated Disc Lawyer

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A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc, ruptured disc, or protruding disc) or spinal disc herniation caused by trauma, whether in a car accident, motorcycle accident, car truck accident, or slip and fall, can be a very painful and limiting experience.

Notably, pain from a herniated disc might not flare up until days, or even weeks or more, after a traumatic event.

X-rays will not be able to document the herniated disc, as the disc is a soft tissue structure in the spine curves "kyphosis definition". Often, a disc herniation is visible only on an MRI, which reveals connective tissue injury.

Treatment Options & Course

Once you have soreness from a herniated disc, one of the first home remedies is ice. Applying ice can help the swelling go down, and often provides temporary relief.

If the ache continues — especially the pain radiates down in to your leg (lumbar herniated disc or sacral herniated disc) or into your shoulder or down your arm (cervical herniated disc) — after applying ice for one or two days, then you will should search out other treatment options. You will likely seek treatment from a neurologist for non-surgical treatment, or a neurosurgeon for surgical correction of the disk herniation. If the pain is intense, and for some reason surgery is not recommended, then even a pain management doctor may be involved.

The doctor will first prescribe possibly some pain medication to assist you to deal with all the soreness and sharp radiating pain. These initially may be non-narcotic (i.e. ibuprofen. In severe circumstances, the doctors might prescribe narcotic painkillers, such as tylenol 3 (tylenol with codeine), hydrocodone, oxycodone, or vicodin. It is also common for the neurologist or neurosurgeon to prescribe an oral steroid, such as medrol dosepak.

You should be very conservative with your pain medicine prescriptions — using them exactly as prescribed — as many of these medicines can be addictive.

Your neurologist, neurosurgeon, or pain management doctor may also offer you an anti-inflammatory medicine that may be non-steroidal in nature. This can guide cut down the inflammation close to the disc and lower the pain. By decreasing the inflammation this can sometimes enable this disc to start the healing process.

Some doctors may also recommend non-surgical treatment, such as Vax-D. Vax-D is a form of traction which, in basic terms, is designed to stretch the spine enough for the ruptured disc to slowly back itself into place inside the disc space. Vax-D has been approved by the FDA for this purpose.

Physical therapy is an additional disc protrusion treatment which may help you build your muscles inside your back and make them stronger. Stronger back muscles (and strong abdominal muscles) assist in taking strain off the impacted disc and might help the disc recover. It is considered important for excellent spine health to have good muscle tone in both your abdomen and back.

Your neurologist, neurosurgeon, or pain management doctor you to stop undertaking any physically taxing activity that could make this condition to worsen. Resting the location usually times does make it successfully recover. You will need to, naturally, during this time, preserve stretching and moving though. To just lay still might lock anything up with stiffening on the muscle tissues.

Hopefully, any on the above non-surgical treatments or therapies can help the slipped disk to recover. The therapies will need to assist with all the discomfort plus the inflammation inside a number of weeks, and even months. But if these therapies do not work, or if spinal cord compression (also known as “cord compression”) exists, then surgery may be recommended. Cord compression exists if the disc herniation protrudes into the spinal cord, causing possible spinal cord injury.

Experienced Injury Lawyer

I have personally handled hundreds of personal injury claims involving disc injuries, including herniated discs, disc protrusions, ruptured discs, cervical disc herniation, and lumbar disc herniation. While many of these claims involved surgery, many others involved only conservative treatment.

I know how painful this condition can be. If your disc herniation was caused by another’s negligence in a car crash, motorcycle accident, truck car accident, or other traumatic event, then contact us, as you may be eligible for compensation for your injury.