A bulging disc is a debilitating spinal injury. Symptoms of a bulging disc injury include increased back pain when sitting or bending forward, numbness, and altered bladder and bowel functions. More specifically, a bulging disk occurs when the cartilage disks between vertebrae in the spine become compromised. A damaged disc cannot hold in spinal fluid, allowing nerves to drift into the space between bones.
The body processes the pinching of the damaged area as excruciating pain. Over time, nerve damage and neuropathic pain can also develop, especially in the legs. If a bulging disc is further agitated, it may herniate, releasing loops of nerves into body cavities. This causes severe nerve damage and sciatica.
Although bulging discs can have genetic origins, they are most often caused by two types of injuries: accumulated microtrauma and sudden unexpected loads.
Accumulated microtrauma occurs due to poor posture or back support over a long period of time. To decrease your risk of long-term damage, maintain good posture or use supportive devices to help your maintain your posture. Take frequent breaks, walk, stand, or shift position.
Make sure that if you sit for a long period of time, your chair has good lumbar support.
Sudden Unexpected Load
Lifting a large load using one’s back, or when not in a proper lifting position, causes a torsion force that damages the spinal discs. Torsion forces can also be caused in car crashes, falls, or other accidents.
Dealing with Bulging Discs
Bulging discs need to be treated before they become cracked and herniated. By taking time off to deal with bulging discs immediately, a patient can save tens of thousands of dollars in later surgical bills. The treatment for bulging discs is simple: avoid any disc-stressing postures for at least six weeks, thus allowing the disc to build up scar tissue that will resist bulging in the future. You may also engage in light physiotherapy.
You need time off. You need money to support yourself and pay your physiotherapy bills. If you do not recover, you may need longer-term compensation and support. Personal injury lawyers can help you in all these areas so you can get your life back without hassle.
How Personal Injury Lawyers can Help
Personal injury lawyers should always be consulted with any traumatic injury. They can:
- Identify what party bears responsibility for the injury
- Help with civil lawsuits to obtain compensation
- Process and file your long-term disability claim
- Appeal rejected claims
You have more legal options than you may think. A consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer could lead to tens of thousands in compensation and benefits over the long term. Contact Campisi Law today and see what we can do for you.
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