Seriousness of Ruptured Disc Injuries
Imagine this: You are driving along I-75 when two cars crash, causing them to collide into your vehicle. Because of the sheer impact on the driver’s side door, you suffer a number of injuries, including a ruptured disc in your neck area of your spine. Immediately following the car crash, you experience neck and shoulder pain. You know you were injured in the wreck, but you may not have known the extent of your injuries –
and you certainly didn’t realize how serious a neck injury could actually be, especially if the underlying cause is a ruptured disc.
In order to understand the seriousness of this injury, you need to understand the anatomy of the human body. The bones of the spine are surrounded by small discs that act as shock absorbers for the spinal column. When those discs are injured in a crash, they can rupture or become herniated. When this occurs, the ruptured disc can press on nerves, causing severe pain and numbness to the area of the body that was injured. Sometimes victims of auto accidents are not aware of how serious their injuries are, because symptoms of ruptured discs sometimes do not show up until weeks, months, or even years have passed. This is because if the injured disc is not pressing on the nerve, then there may not be any symptoms at all.
Symptoms of Ruptured Disc Injuries
When the ruptured disc in the neck area presses on a nerve, pain may be felt in the arms, shoulders and chest. Additionally, if numbness in those areas is felt, it could also be a symptom of a ruptured disc injury. Numbness can take on the form of tingling, such as pins-and-needles feeling. Other symptoms of ruptured discs may include weakness of affected muscles, muscle pain, and muscle spasms. Sometimes the symptoms can be so bad that surgery may be necessary; however, most herniated and ruptured discs can heal without surgical treatment through rest, medicine, therapy, and exercise techniques. When a victim of a car accident is not progressing after six months of nonsurgical treatments, then surgery may be considered. If the accident has left you with nerve damage, muscle weakness, numbness and pain, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for those medical bills, lost wages, instances of pain and suffering, and more.