Personal Injury


Disc Injuries Can Be a Real Pain in the Back

  • Nov 25 2013
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

Disc injuries occur in many different ways. Sometimes disc injuries occur from picking up heavy objects in your home or from twisting the wrong way to pass an object. Often, disc injuries occur from traumatic incidents, such as car crashes or other accidents.

What is a disc injury?

The spine is a sophisticated system of nerves, ligaments, bones and blood vessels. Disc injuries occur when a disc bulges or slides out of place and reaches the nerves. A slipped disc places pressure on nerves, and this causes back pain. The most commonly known term associated with this is a herniated disc.

What are typical disc injury problems?

Disc injuries usually cause lower back pain. Additional symptoms of disc injuries include:

  • Numbness and tingling — Complaints of “pins and needles” are common along with reports of tingling and numbness that extends from the back through the buttocks and legs to the feet.
  • Painful shocks — Spinal compression may cause an electrical shock pain to shoot through the neck, back, arms or legs.
  • Bowel and bladder problems — Seriously herniated discs may cause difficulties with urinating and making bowel movements.
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness — Irritated neck or back nerves can confuse signals received at the brain so that a person feels tired and weak.
  • Pain that worsens when sitting or standing for a period of time
  • Pain that seems to intensify at night

When your disc injuries are caused by another’s negligence as part of a car accident or fall, you may be entitled to recover for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and legal fees. To discuss your legal options, call our experienced San Diego personal injury attorney.

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