Were you in a car accident and thought you had no injuries, but are now experiencing pain, numbness, even weakness in your arms, legs, or buttocks? You may have suffered a disc injury, which is a common injury that goes undetected after a car accident. Even if you went to the emergency room and had x-rays taken, your disc injury may have gone undetected.
Your spinal column is made up of bony vertebrae and cushioning discs. These discs are made up of a tough fibrous exterior surrounding a fluid center that helps cushion your vertebrae while allowing your spine to flex. Under extreme stress, like that your body can undergo during a car accident, the fluid center can be pushed outward, deforming or breaking the fibrous part of the disc. This is known as a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc. The herniated disc can pinch nerves at their root, causing pain, numbness, or weakness. The result can be lifelong pain or disability.
Diagnosing a disc injury requires special testing. If you have persistent pain, numbness, or weakness in your limbs after your car accident, you should talk to your doctor about a possible disc injury. And you should contact an attorney who can help you get compensation for your injury that takes into account the full measure of your lasting pain, disability, and need for ongoing treatment. Phoenix, Arizona personal injury attorney Jerrold Mayro is prepared to fight for your rights after your disc injury. Please schedule a free consultation today.