A herniated disk, also known as a bulging or compressed disk, is the result of a disk in the spine being injured. The spine is made of 26 bones, or vertebrae, which are separated by soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the bones of the spine while also keeping them in place.
A bulging disk is a disk that ruptures or slips out of place. This can cause a large amount of back pain or sciatica if the slipped disk presses on a nerve. The symptoms of a herniated disk typically involve pain of some sort. If the herniated disk is in the lower back, there is typically back pain spreading to the buttocks and legs. If the herniated disk is in the upper back, the pain is typically in the neck and may also spread to the shoulders and upper arms. Tingling, numbness, weakness, and muscle spasms are also common symptoms.
The majority of people eventually make a full recovery from a herniated disk, as long as they are treated properly and give it lots of time. Treatment can include rest, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory medications. In addition, physical therapy and surgery may be necessary as well. Losing weight has also been known to help a person heal a herniated disk just because there is less weight pressing on the spine and back.
If you have been in an accident of some sort and experienced a herniated disk, please contact the Lake Geneva back injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-275-1729 to discuss your situation and to determine your legal options.