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Car Accidents Cause Herniated Disc

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Motor vehicle accidents cause herniated disc. A disc is a structure that is found between the spinal vertebral bodies from the neck to the tailbone. Discs serves as cushions and help your spine move. A disc is composed of two parts the central part and the outer part. When someone is a car accident where the back is injured, it is common for them to suffer a herniated disc. A herniated disc is when the disc is displaced. Displacement of the disc can cause serious pains and other problems.

According to a medical journal from the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, injuries are a frequent cause of disc herniations. Usually the herniation is associated with sudden violent motion of the spine. The article specifically notes that motor vehicle accidents cause disc herniations. It only makes common sense; during a car accident the victim’s spine undergoes extreme sudden and violent motions which cannot be healthy for the spine. (see Lumbar Disc Herniation Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, 2007)

Radiologist and surgeons us many different terms for disc problems: herniated disc, ruptured disc, protruded disc, prolapsed disk, and slipped disc. When a doctor says one of these terms to you, you have a disc that has been displaced backwards and is pressing on a nerve root or roots.

Pain is the biggest problem with herniated disc. Pain that radiates through the body stemming from where the disc is pinching the nerve is often debilitating. The pain often starts as simple back pain and then moves to the legs. Sometimes, the pain can be so great that it requires surgical treatment.

There are conservative and surgical treatment methods that can help with a herniated disc. To learn more about herniated disc or how a car accident can cause these injuries, contact us for a free consultation.