Something isn’t right. After your motor vehicle crash, slip and fall, or other accident, you begin experiencing symptoms of an injury. You may experience arm pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness and wonder what injury you suffered.
How a Herniated Disc Is Diagnosed
If you experience any of the symptoms described above, you may have herniated a disc. The discs in your back separate the bones (or vertebrae) that make up your spine. When one of the discs tears or the soft middle of the disc breaks through, it is known as a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc.
Often, a doctor can diagnose a herniated disc after hearing your symptoms and performing a physical examination. In some cases, imaging tests such as MRIs or CT scans may be needed to confirm a herniated disc diagnosis.
Treatment for a Herniated Disc
Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. You may need to rest and avoid movement that could worsen your injury. Additionally, you may require:
- Pain medication. Over-the-counter medications, cortisone injections, and prescription painkillers may be prescribed to help you manage herniated disc pain.
- Muscle relaxants. If you experience muscle spasms, muscle relaxers may be part of your treatment plan.
- Physical therapy. Specific exercises may help you recover from a herniated disc injury.
- Surgery. If more conservative treatment options are ineffective, then surgery may be required.
During treatment, you may be unable to work, go to school, or go about your regular daily activities.
Protect Your Legal Recovery After a Herniated Disc Injury
Being compensated by an insurance company for a herniated disc can be tricky. The insurance company may argue that you had a pre-existing condition or that the accident didn’t cause your disc injury.
Our experienced back injury lawyers know what evidence to collect and arguments to make to protect your rights. We will fight to get you the recovery you deserve for your past and future healthcare expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other damages. Call a Florida spinal cord injury lawyer today to discuss your potential case and possible recovery.