The spinal cord, also known as the backbone, is one of the most important bones in the body. I have seen the damage that a car accident can cause to this essential bone. An injury to the spinal cord can be life changing, so it is important for all Washington drivers to understand that their actions on the road have serious consequences.
Despite there being a lot of innovative technology that is intended to protect the occupants of vehicles, there is sometimes nothing that can be done to prevent injury in the case of a serious auto accident. In every car accident, there is a lot of force that can potentially be placed on the back or spinal cord. One of the most severe injuries that can occur as a result is a herniated lumbar disc in the spinal canal. This occurs when one of the shock absorbing pads, also known as a disc, is split or ruptured. When the disc is out of place, it can push against the sensitive nerve tissue that it is supposed to protect, which leads to irritation and discomfort. This injury, commonly called a “slipped disk”, commonly occurs in the lower back of high impact car accidents, as the force from the accident knocks the disk out of place.
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Some of the initial symptoms one can expect to feel from a herniated lumbar disk are pain, tingling or numbness in the lower back, legs or buttocks. The pain and discomfort suffered from a herniated lumbar disc is determined by its severity. To best way to initially relieve the pain from this sort of injury is to apply ice packs, hot packs or undergo massage therapy. Most people with a herniated disk do not require surgery because the symptoms get better over time, however, in few extreme cases, surgery may be required to relieve pain and restore mobility to the lower back. The recovery time for most injuries, without surgery, ranges from one to six months.