Ruptured Disc, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc Injuries
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae. When vertebrae move, they are cushioned by small discs that are round and flat, with a tough outer shell (capsule) that surrounds a jelly-like center (nucleus). These discs serve as shock absorbers.
Spinal discs become more rigid with age and therefore become more vulnerable to injury. Many people develop disc deterioration, or degenerative disc disease, as they grow older. A disc injury earlier in life can predispose a person to degenerative disc disease later in life.
A disc damaged by the trauma of an accident can bulge or rupture putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots as it pushes out or pinches the nerve root. This is called a "herniated disc."
Pain or numbness can occur in the area of the body affected by that nerve. For example, a herniated disc may press on one of the nerve roots of the large nerve that extends from the lower back down the back of the leg, causing pain and numbness in the leg. This is a condition called sciatica.
Symptoms of a Spinal Disc Injury
Symptoms of a herniated lumbar include:
- Low back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling ("pins and needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg
- Weakness in certain muscles in one or both legs
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
Back and disc injuries, such as herniated or bulging discs, can be life changing, affecting a person's career and recreational activities. At the personal injury law firm of Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, in San Francisco, California, our injury attorneys hold negligent parties accountable when their actions cause harm. We will seek full and fair compensation for clients who have suffered back and spine injuries.
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