What is a Herniated Disc and How is It Caused by an Automobile Accident?

car accidentWe’ve discussed why you should hire an attorney after a car accident, but we have not yet discussed specific injuries. Just as you should consult an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer after an auto accident, you should see a doctor immediately following the injury, but it’s also important for your lawyer to have a basic grasp of common injuries.

One common injury from auto accidents is a herniated disc — but what is a herniated disc, and how can being in an automobile accident cause one?

What is a Herniated Disc?

The vertebrae that form your spine are cushioned by spongy discs that work as shock absorbers, keeping your spine flexible and healthy. When one of those discs is damaged, it can bulge or even break open — that is a herniated disc. This condition is also commonly called a slipped or ruptured disc. It can happen on any part of the spine, including the upper back and neck, though this injury most commonly occurs in the lower back.

A herniated disc can press on nerve roots, which can cause tremendous pain, as well as numbness and weakness in the affected areas of the body. When a herniated disc is in the lower back, the pain and numbness can occur in the buttocks and down the leg. A herniated disc can also cause pain that radiates down your arm. The effects of a herniated disc can range from backaches to severe pain to serious limitations on mobility.

In some cases, a herniated disc can heal on its own over time, though physical therapy may be necessary to improve flexibility of the spine. In cases where the herniated disc cannot heal on its own, injection or surgery may be needed.

How is a Herniated Disc Caused by a Car Accident?

Spine injuries are a common result of car accidents. An injury to the spine can result in tears or cracks in the outer layer of the discs between vertebrae, which can cause the gel inside of the disc to be expelled through those tears or cracks. This will eventually cause the disc to bulge or even break open.

Any kind of physical trauma to the spine can result in a herniated disc, making this an especially common injury suffered in car accidents.

Rubens Kress and Mulholland can Represent You After an Auto Accident

Car accidents are not uncommon and injuries are inevitable. Rubens Kress and Mulholland is a Chicago law firm concentrating in personal injury cases. If you have been in an auto accident and need representation, choosing Rubens Kress and Mulholland gives you the benefit of an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer who will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve and will charge no fee unless you collect. To discuss your legal options, contact Rubens Kress and Mulholland online, at (312) 201-9640, or toll-free at (866) 890-9640.