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What is a disc herniation?

When a person is involved in an accident and sustains trauma or injury, a disc herniation can be made worse. A disc herniation is common and rarely causes issues until it is worsened suddenly. When this occurs do to the negligence of another, the victim may have the legal right to be compensated for medical bills and more.

Within the human body is the spinal column. Within the spinal column are vertebrae. Discs are located between the vertebrae and are meant to cushion and absorb shock. It is not unusual for these discs to slip out of place or rupture through normal activity. It can be even more common for this to occur as the result of trauma. A person is said to have a disc herniation when the interior of the disc is pushed out through a tear or rupture.

People typically do not know that they have a herniated disc because they are not painful. They are normally diagnosed when they cause other problems. A person may suffer with pain or numbness, particularly in the arms, legs, hands and feet. There may be tingling that won’t go away. This is because the herniation is pressing on a nerve.
Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms associated with a disc herniation should visit a medical professional. If you are dealing with this issue due to an accident caused by someone else in Pensacola, a personal injury lawyer may be able to assist in recovering compensation.