A disc becomes herniated when the soft jelly-like material inside the disc, the nucleus, pushes out through the hard outer shell, the annulus. A herniated disc most commonly occurs in the lumbar spine, but can also occur in the cervical spine or the thoracic spine. Men between the ages of 30 to 50 are most likely to suffer a herniated disc.
How Is It Caused?
A healthy disc will work like a shock absorber to cushion the spine. Discs can become herniated from something as simple as a sneeze. However, when a sudden impact occurs like from a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, the force exerted on the spine can cause the disc to herniate or leak. The jelly-like material inside the disc will press on the spinal column and nerve root causing pain throughout your body. Along with general pain and discomfort you may also suffer numbness and/or shooting pain which is referred to as radiculopathy.
What Are My Treatment Options For A Herniated Disc?
Our clients typically undergo several types of treatment in the hopes of alleviating the pain suffered from a herniated disc. These treatments will include (1) medications ranging from over-the-counter pain medications to cortisone shots delivered directly into the area around the spinal nerves; (2) physical therapy which may include electrical stimulation and ultrasound and even traction; (3) for our clients suffering from severe pain related to a herniated disc, a discectomy may be needed in order to ease the pain. Surgery will be recommended if your symptoms (a) do not improve after six weeks; (b) if a disc fragment is pressing on a nerve causing weakness; or (c) if you are experiencing significant trouble standing or walking.
Contact Our Firm To Learn More
At Douglas V. Stoehr , Attorney at Law, we only practice in the area of personal injury, and we have seen the pain that a herniated disc can cause our clients. You deserve an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to evaluate your claim. To schedule a free initial consultation please contact our west- central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100 or email us.