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Spinal disc injury and remedies you can choose after an accident.

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Spinal disc injury can occur when there are unusual stressed placed on the spine.  Spinal discs maintain space between each of the vertebrae and allow the nerve roots to exit from the spinal column and out to the different parts of the body.  These nerve roots travel through an orifice or hole, and if the disc is injured and allows that space between the vertebrae to collapse, there can be impingement on the nerve, causing pain down the periphery of your arm or leg.  

 

Discs can also rupture.  A ruptured disc is a tear in the annulas fiber.  A disc is made up of intertwining hard stringy material, shaped like a donut with a jelly-crab-like substance on the inside.  When the hard stringy material is torn, the gelatinous material can be pushed out of the disc, causing a rupture or a herniation.  Sometimes the body can absorb eruptions.  However, surgical intervention may also be necessary. A rupture occurs like squeezing a jelly donut.  The outside rim extrudes material when you press on the donut. 

 

The determination to have surgery is personal one.  Some people believe that having surgery is not in their best interests because of the consequences and risks of that surgery.  A detailed discussion with your physician is necessary for you to make an intelligent decision about whether you should have surgery for a ruptured or torn disc. 

 

Sometimes the pain or symptoms are so severe that surgery is a necessity.  In those cases, finding a qualified surgeon is paramount to your recovery and successful outcome.  Neck surgery and the reduction of radicular symptoms, or radiating pain down into the arms and hands, has a much great success rate, because the entirety of the weight of the body is not on the neck, as it is on the low back and lower spine.  Spinal surgery on the back has improved over the years, but still does not have the success rate of neck surgery. 

 

Fusion can also be considered when the disc is so badly deteriorated that the spinal vertebrae is either collapsed or unstable.  A fusion is comprised of inserting a piece of bone or material between the two vertebrae, and it allows the vertebrae to actually fuse, bone to bone. 

 

The downside to any fusion is that the spine does not move as it had moved previously, and as it is designed to move.  Therefore, additional stress is placed on the levels above and below the fused spinal area.  It is not uncommon for people to have a new problem at the next level five to ten years after a fusion.  

 

A qualified neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon should be consulted any time you suspect that you have a disc injury.  We can help.  As a California injury lawyer, we have helped many clients through the ordeal of surgery and recovery, while preserving their right to make a claim against those that caused them injury.  Call us for a free consultation at 1 888 752-7474 or inquire from our web site.


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