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3 Signs of a Herniated Disc from a Car Accident

Posted on March 24, 2016

Were you, or a loved one, recently involved in an auto accident? In some cases, even if you don’t you don’t feel hurt; you may not realize that you have been injured until hours or even days after being hit. Injuries sustained in a car accident typically occur in the form of head and back, and neck and chest injuries. Although any injury that you might have sustained should be examined by your doctor, the most important injuries to be aware of are head and back injuries. Even if you do not see signs of visible trauma, but there is pain or stiffness, seeking an examination from a medical professional will ensure that your injuries do not become worse. Any injury your spinal cord is the most severe type of non-visible trauma, as prolonged neglect can lead to loss of movement or feeling.

Injuries to your lower back in the form of sprains and herniated discs are some of the most commonly diagnosed injuries sustained in a car accident. A herniated disc (sometimes referred to as a “hernia”) is when your intervertebral disc (the cushion in between your vertebrae in your spine) pushes out or bulges or even ruptures. Hernias can occur in your back or neck, and sometimes may be difficult to determine, as they can sometimes go undetected. Here are three most common signs of a herniated disc:

  • Arm or leg pain. Herniated disc can occur in multiple areas of the body; however, if your herniated disc is in your lower back, you will generally feel pain in your buttocks, thighs, and calves. If your herniated disc is in your neck, the pain will generally be most intense in the shoulders and arms.
  • Numbness or tingling. People who have sustained a herniated disc usually experience numbness or tingling in the body parts near the area.
  • Weakness. Muscles served by the affected by the herniated disc tend to weaken. You may notice that you are cause stumbling, or your ability to lift or hold items is impaired.

Consult an Experienced Attorney

If you have sustained serious injuries in a car, motorcycle, or trucking accident, consult with an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer to learn about compensation you may deserve. Call us at the office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C. at 918-745-9960 for a free initial consultation. We will fight to get you maximum compensation for your losses.