The Central Nervous System (CNS) is comprised of the brain, neck and spinal cord, or spinal column. These structures connect at the base of the skull. The spinal cord is comprised of 4 sections. In descending order they are: the Cervical Nerves (C),Thoracic Nerves (T), Lumbar Nerves (L) & Sacral Nerves (S). The spine connects the nervous system to various other systems within the body and is responsible for things such as muscle control, motor skills and cognitive functions. An injury to the spinal column can potentially impair the overall quality of life of the victim. An accident injuring the spinal cord can induce common signs & symptoms including numbness, tingling & shooting pains in the corresponding extremities, appendages as well as digits/fingers. Many times these signs & symptoms occur sometime after the accident. This is where the knowledge and expertise of a skilled, experienced bulging disc injury lawyer will benefit you.
C-Spine supplies movement & sensation to the arms, neck & upper trunk
T-Spine innervates the trunk and the abdomen
L & S Nerves supply nervous tissue to the legs, bladder, bowels as well as sexual organs
Diagnosing a minor back injury can sometimes be as simple as a discussion with the injured party where they subjectively describe what happened to them and where the pain is. Other methods of diagnosing neck and back injuries is through the use of injection therapy such as epidural shots where an anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the inflamed area. Determining the extent of a more severe back injury frequently involves the use of diagnostic technologies such as an MRI or CAT scan. These help to objectively determine the level of damage to the spinal cord and its surrounding tissue. Unfortunately a back injury does not always present itself right away. The symptoms are not always acute and may take some time to develop. However the sooner the appropriate tests can be performed the sooner an appropriate treatment plan can be prescribed and the sooner the injured party will feel relief and be able to return to their daily lives.
Treating a back injury frequently requires a conservative treatment plan. It may involve an evaluation by an orthopedist and a physical therapy referral. Often times back injuries improve over time. Others may require medication & pain management as well as injections such as epidural shots & inflammation therapy. More severe neck & back injuries such as pinched nerves or herniated discs may require surgery to relieve the pressure to the damaged discs. This in turn may help to relieve the injured parties pain symptoms. Consulting with an experienced herniated disc injury attorney is a wise move as they will help you get the medical care you need and the benefits you deserve.
Herniated & bulging discs are serious and painful conditions that cause significant pain & limit mobility. They are often referred to as a pinched nerve, bulging disc, ruptured disc or a slipped disc. A damaged spinal disc exerts pressure on nerves within the spinal column. This pressure is directly responsible for any pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities the injured victim feels after the injury occurred. The section of the spine ( C, T, L or S) the ruptured disc is located determines where any pain or irritation is experienced as each section innervates a different area of the body.
Please do not hesitate to call the personal injury lawyers at our firm for a free consultation. They possess a wealth of experience handling those suffering from back injuries including all types of disc injuries, spinal column fractures and degenerative disc disease. As your legal counsel they will review pertinent medical records in an effort to help determine the true monetary value of your claim. If necessary, they will collaborate with doctors, nurses & medical experts to demonstrate the full extent of your injuries.
The back injury attorneys on our nationwide legal team handle all accident and back injury claims on a contingency fee basis meaning they charge no fee unless they recover for you.
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