A slipped or prolapsed disc is a very common injury where one section of the rubber-like tissue between the vertebrae of the spine bulges out of place, sometimes pressing on a nerve and causing acute pain.
Usually, the tissue will recede of its own accord after around six weeks and the pain will cease. If it hasn’t done so, surgery may be necessary. Although common, slipped discs can be extremely painful and debilitating for a relatively long period of time.
What causes a slipped disc?
Scientists aren’t sure what makes some people more vulnerable to slipped discs than others at the moment, but they know that sneezing, heavy lifting, and awkward back movements can trigger one in some individuals. This means that anyone whose job involves manual work or heavy lifting is vulnerable. Sitting for long periods of time and then moving suddenly can also trigger a slipped disc, which means both drivers and office workers also commonly endure slipped discs. Smoking and age are risk factors.
If you discover that you are suddenly in a severe amount of back pain, always go to either the doctor or A&E. Although slipped discs are common, there are several other reasons for sudden and acute back pain, some of which require immediate treatment. Cauda equina syndrome, for example, is where a slipped disc is pressing on the nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord. It can cause a permanent loss of bladder and bowel function if not treated quickly.
What to do if you have been injured at work
If you have developed a slipped disc in the course of your work, it may be because you were unaware of the correct procedure for manual lifting, or because you have been expected to perform manual duties for which you are physically unfit. If you feel that your injury wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Personal injury compensation is a legal provision which helps accident victims to deal with the financial fallout of their injuries. If you’d like to know more, call our professional advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, and we have been helping others just like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years now. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, check our 30-second online claim calculator.
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Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims