You may have been involved in a car accident that has now caused you severe pain. You go to the doctor, you explain your symptoms and they order an MRI scan of the area in which you feel injured. After the MRI scan, your doctor tells you that your severe pain is arising from a disc injury known as a disc herniation. But what exactly is a disc herniation and how can it be treated?
What Is A Disc Herniation?
After an accident, injuries to the cervical spine, meaning the neck, and the lumbar spine, meaning the back, can appear in the form of disc herniations. According to the Mayo Clinic:
“A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disc is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.”
Disc Herniation Diagnosis
Typically, a disc herniation can be seen with the use of an MRI. An MRI is short for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI is similar to an x-ray but the MRI can illustrate soft tissue damage and can produce a more detailed image whereas an x-ray can typically just show broken bones, fractures, and dislocations. The MRI is a non-invasive scan. Once the scan is complete, it is read by a medical professional and your injuries are noted.
Disc Herniation Treatment
After your MRI, if it is found that you have a disc injury, your doctor will work with you in order to create a care plan that will treat this injury. Typically, this plan will start with chiropractic care and/or physical therapy. As we are only attorneys and not medical providers, it is best to speak with your doctor about what they think is best in order to get you healthy once more. However, we can recommend that if you have been in an accident and you are in pain, you should find a qualified medical provider at your earliest convenience in order to get the treatment you need.
Value To Your Case
A properly diagnosed disc herniation can value to your case. How much value? We cannot predict that as a lot of factors must be considered including but not limited to your age, if you have a pre-existing condition, the severity of the herniation, and how much treatment you receive to correct the injury. But, we can say that if you have suffered from a disc herniation that was caused by an accident due to the negligence of another, you deserve to be compensated.
Contact Our Firm About Your Disc Injury
If you have been in a car accident and have suffered from a disc injury, such as a herniated disc, call the Personal Injury Attorneys of the Nicoletti Law Firm. As we said above, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and you should not be solely liable for medical expenses nor should you miss out on wages. You can contact the Nicoletti Law Firm anytime at (727) 845-5972 or you can fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form. Our attorneys are available to you 24/7. Our testimonials, reviews, and results speak for themselves. No matter the size of the case, we treat every client the same and our primary goal is to obtain justice for you. Stay safe everyone!