Spinal Disc Injuries Can Be Debilitating
Ruptured Disc, Herniated Disc and Bulging Disc Injuries
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae. These bony structures 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 between the vertebrae.
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. This change in shape and size can place pressure on adjacent nerve roots. 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 the nerve root of a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of the leg. The contact and pinching of this nerve root can result in 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 disc, can be life-changing, affecting a person’s career and ability to perform recreational activities. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP, our injury attorneys hold negligent parties accountable when their actions cause harm.