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Everything you should know about herniated discs

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2021 | Personal Injury

Spinal discs, found at the spinal cord, play a key role in your lower back because they act as shock absorbers. Additionally, spinal discs support your upper body and allow it to move in almost all directions. However, these discs herniate at times, and they leak the inner fluid. The leakage is a result of ageing, twisting or falling. In Ohio, most herniated discs occur from car accidents or occupational hazards.

What are the causes of herniated discs?

Herniated discs are mostly caused by excessive strain or injury on the spinal cord. As you age, the spinal discs disintegrate, and the ligaments that hold them into place weaken. Thus, as a result of this disintegration, a minor strain or twist can rapture the disc. Auto accidents can, at times, result in this condition. Some people are more vulnerable to herniated discs and may suffer from this condition in several places.

What are the symptoms of herniated discs?

The symptoms of herniated discs vary depending on the location and size of the herniation. When the herniated discs press a nerve, you may suffer from numbness, pain or overall body weakness. In some cases, the herniated discs may not press a nerve. You will experience mild or no discomfort, but your muscles may weaken since the nerves are affected. In severe cases, you may lose your ability to lift or hold items.

What are the risk factors

Family history could predispose you to herniated discs. Here are some of the other risk factors that predispose you to herniated discs:

  • Excess body weight adds more stress on your back.
  • Physically demanding occupations often result in herniated discs. Frequent pushing, lifting and pulling will increase your risk of herniated discs.
  • Smoking reduces the oxygen levels in your body, causing your spine to break down more quickly.

Are you suffering from herniated discs as a result of an auto accident? You may want to contact a personal injury attorney to guide you on your compensation claim.