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Spinal Cord Injuries Should Not Cost You Everything
Ruptured Disk, Herniated Disk And Bulging Disk Injuries
The bones of the spine are called vertebrae. When vertebrae move, they are cushioned by small disks that are round and flat, with a tough outer shell (capsule) that surrounds a jelly-like center (nucleus). These disks serve as shock absorbers.
Spinal disks become more rigid with age and therefore become more vulnerable to injury. Many people develop disk deterioration, or degenerative disk disease, as they grow older. A disk injury earlier in life can predispose a person to degenerative disk disease later in life.
A disk 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 disk.”
Pain or numbness can occur in the area of the body affected by that nerve. For example, a herniated disk 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 Disk 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 disk injuries, such as herniated or bulging disks, can be life-changing, affecting a person’s career and ability to perform 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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For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer about your back injury claim, contact Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP. Or call us at 415-421-7995 or toll-free at 888-745-2988.