Between the bones of the human spinal column, known as vertebrae, there are disks of cartilage, which cushion the spine to protect it from blows and allow it to bend and twist correctly. When one of these disks is squeezed out from between the vertebrae, however, the condition is known as a herniated disk. Herniated disks can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms that may become disabling, according to The National Institutes of Health.
Many different types of injuries can cause a herniated disk, including sprains and strains from lifting heavy objects, twisting in an unusual way in an accident or fall or from the impact of a car or other accident. A slipped or herniated disk often causes pain on one side of the body that is burning, pulsating, tingling or aching. Sometimes, the pain is too severe for the patient to move. It may become worse at night, after standing or sitting, or when bending or walking.
Several different methods are used to treat herniated or slipped disk pain. Often, physical therapy is prescribed to teach the injured person exercises to strengthen the back and prevent re-injury. Prescription medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or muscle relaxants may be used to relieve pain while the patient’s back heals. In severe cases, the pain may become chronic.
Herniated or slipped disks can be caused by a wide variety of accidents. If you’re suffering from a herniated disk brought on by a slip and fall, workplace accident or other accident, the experienced Illinois herniated disc attorneys at The Bradley Law Firm can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (800) 360-3072.