Perhaps the most common injury that results from a car crash is a
herniated disc. A herniated disc is an injury to the neck or back.
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column protect nerves coming out of
the brain and travel down the back to form the spinal cord. The spinal
bones are separated by discs that cushion the spinal column and put space
between your vertebrae. The discs allow movement between the vertebrae,
which lets you to bend and reach. When a sudden trauma to the neck or
back shifts these discs out of place (herniation), that cushion is compromised
often resulting in pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to pain,
numbness and weakness. When the nerves are involved these symptoms can
travel down the arms and legs.
The most effective way to diagnose a herniated disc is with an MRI scan.
An EMG test can detect resulting nerve damage. These tests are also essential
to proving the injuries in court. Insurance companies often attempt to
argue that herniated discs are the natural result of aging and not the
trauma of the accident. Therefore, it is important to present evidence
showing the extent of the damage to the car, and the length of required
medical treatment. It is also helpful to have reports from doctor visits
made before the accident where there were no complaints made about the
neck or back.
The severity of herniated disc injuries varies from person to person. Herniated
discs often require steroid injections and even surgery. They also may
require months or years of physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments.
It is important to have a
Massachusetts personal injury attorney on your side who has litigated many cases involving neck and back injuries.