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A herniated or bulging disc is one of the most painful back injuries an individual can sustain after a car crash or motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked injuries. It may take days or even weeks after a Colorado car crash for a herniated disc to become diagnosed. Because of this, many car crash victims find themselves in emergency rooms weeks later, with painful and debilitating symptoms that—if left untreated—could lead to a lifetime of disabilities.

Herniated Discs

Violent forces during an accident can cause the discs of the spine to shift out of alignment and compress the delicate spinal cord beneath. These herniated discs, which are connected to the spine, cause tremendous pain throughout the back and spine. If left untreated, a herniated disc can lead to chronic pain, disabilities, and decreased quality of life.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

  • Shoulder or leg pain
  • Sciatica pain
  • Extreme pain in the back or spine
  • Numbness or tingling in legs
  • Trouble walking
  • Bowel or bladder difficulties

 

It is extremely important to seek medical attention immediately following a Colorado car crash, even if you initially do not believe you are injured. An MRI is the only way to properly diagnose a herniated disc, and any delay in medical treatment can create serious complications.

Treatment for a Herniated Disc

While treatment varies for each individual, the majority of herniated disc patients will be placed on bed rest to rest their back. In addition, doctors may prescribe ice and heat applications, physical therapy, oral steroids, and anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain is very severe, some doctors may prescribe narcotic pain medication and muscle relaxers to help manage the pain while the back is healing. Muscle relaxers are used to treat the painful muscle spasms that often accompanies herniated discs.

If you or someone you love is injured in a Colorado car crash, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado car crash attorney immediately. If your accident resulted in a herniated disc, you may find yourself with mounding medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages. As a result, you will need an aggressive and experienced Colorado car crash lawyer on your side to negotiate with insurance companies and file any claims on your behalf. Call Pueblo car crash attorney, Mickey W. Smith, today for a FREE CONSULTATION – (719) 544-0062.

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