The back is one of the most important parts of the body. This is what allows us to walk, move and do work. If your back is injured it can mean a long period of time not being able to do anything. One particularly painful injury is a slipped disc. It is worth knowing the symptoms of a slipped disc so you can report it and get treatment.
What is a slipped disc?
The spine is made up of a number of discs. Each of these contain a gel-like substance and it is these gelled filled discs that keep us standing up straight and able to move. If one of these discs falls out of place then it can cause a lot of damage.
The damage depends on how the disc moves out. When you get a slipped disc it may hit a number of different nerves. The nerves it hits will then affect what the symptoms are and the treatment you may require.
- Pain in the lower back
- A numb feeling
- Tingling in one or both of the legs
- Paralysis in the muscles (Arms, legs and buttocks)
- Spasms in the muscles (Arms, legs and buttocks)
- Pain when you cough, sneeze or sit down.
- Pain on the inside of your thighs
Over time the disc will usually fall back into place. This could take between four to six weeks depending on the severity of the condition. It used to be thought that reduced activity was best for back pain. While this is true for the first couple of days it is now felt that people should become mobile as soon as possible.
Painkillers may be required, and a period of physiotherapy. Surgery is generally only required in around 1 in 10 cases and this tends to be due to more severe symptoms.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Slipped discs can often occur as a result of back injuries at work. For example you may not have been properly shown how to lift heavy objects, resulting in an aggravated condition. It can also happen if your back is injured in an accident. If your job requires heavy lifting this could mean months of lost wages.
If you are concerned that this has happened to you then it is worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline. We can discuss your situation with you and help guide you through the claims process. We have specialist solicitors throughout the UK so if you do decide to pursue it we can match the right representative to your case.
Accident Advice Helpline is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone there to talk over the case with you. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown