Many types of accident mat result in potentially debilitating spinal injuries. From car accidents to falls to any other type of accident, a sudden, violent force on the spine can cause damage that can be very painful, and very serious. There are many types of spinal injuries, each of which has its own complications; one common form of spinal injury is a herniated, or ruptured disc.
The spine consists of 26 vertebrae, separated by soft discs filled with a jelly-like substance. These discs exist to pad the vertebrae, as well as to help keep them in place. Sometimes called a slipped disc or bulging disc, a herniated disc is when one of these discs has either slipped out of place, or has ruptured. The effect of this is to cause the disc to make contact with the spinal cord, which can cause severe pain and disability. If you or a family member has suffered a herniated disc injury in an accident, contact a Denver spinal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Symptoms of a ruptured disc in the lumbar region or lower back may include lower back pain, or numbness or tingling, burning, or pain in the buttocks, legs or feet. Symptoms of a ruptured disc in the cervical region, or neck may include neck pain, or numbness or tingling, burning or pain in the shoulders, arms or hands. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a common way of diagnosing herniated discs, but they can be difficult to diagnose.
While most people are able to recover from herniated discs, recovery time can be lengthy, sometimes taking over a year to get back to normal activity. Conservative treatments for herniated discs such as bed rest often require the patient to take time away from work and other responsibilities. Sometimes, however, a severely herniated disc may require surgery, and months or even years of physical therapy. When an accident causes a herniated disc, with missed work and loss of regular activity, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced spinal injury attorney to discuss legal options.
If you have a herniated disc, it is of extreme importance that you seek the best possible medical care, to protect your physical health. The spinal injury lawyers at the Law Firm of Fuicelli and Lee have worked with many people who have had ruptured disc injuries after car accidents, falls, motorcycle crashes, construction accidents and various other mishaps. Fuicelli and Lee, PC can evaluate your case, help you decide whether your herniated disc injury has been caused by negligence, and work with you every step of the way to protect your financial health while your doctors protect your physical health. For more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Fuicelli and Lee, PC at (303) 355-7202.
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