Herniated Disc: A Rockford Spinal Cord Injury That Can Last a Lifetime
A sudden, forceful impact to the spinal cord can result in devastating injuries. A herniated disc is one such complication that can occur following a Rockford auto accident. The force of the impact from the accident puts stress on the spinal column, causing a disc that separates the vertebrae, causing it to move out of place. Pressure is put on the spinal nerves, resulting in pain, numbness or weakness.
If the victim of an accident experiences a sharp pain in the back, leg or foot, he or she should seek medical treatment immediately. The symptoms of a Rockford herniated disc caused by a motor vehicle accident include the following:
- sudden and intense pain in the back, lower back, or the legs extending to the feet
- weakened back muscles
- numbness in the calf, foot, or big toe
- difficulty walking
- difficulty performing daily activities
- tingling sensation
When seeking medical treatment following the Rockford car wreck or after noticing the above symptoms, the doctor will perform a series of tests to determine whether there is a herniated disc. The physician will first evaluate:
- muscle reflexes
- muscle strength
The examining medical professional may ask the patient to:
- bend forward, backward, and sideways
- move the neck forward, backward, and sideways
- walk on toes and then heels
- raise shoulders, elbow, wrists, and hands to check strength
In addition to these evaluations, the following diagnostic tests may be ordered:
- nerve condition velocity (NCV)
- spine MRI or CT
- spine x-ray
While most victims of a herniated disc will improve following treatment, some will not. These unfortunate sufferers may have to live with lifelong pain and loss of movement. Even for those who do see improvement, it may take several months to several years before the patient can return to all pre-accident activities.
Victims of a herniated disc may experience chronic pain, an inability to work, and lost productivity. If you were injured in a Rockford car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. For more information about your legal rights surrounding this injury, contact an experienced Rockford spinal cord injury attorney. For a free consultation, fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 today.