A slipped disc may also be called a prolapsed or herniated disc. In simple terms this is when a disc in your spine falls out of alignment. This causes gel within the disc to leak out, and it is this that leads to back pain. If you fear you have a slipped disc caused by an accident it helps to know what the symptoms are as well as the appropriate treatment.
There are a number of ways that slipped discs can be caused-
- Bending down in an awkward way
- Jobs that require heavy lifting
- Long periods of sitting down
- Smoking and obesity increases the risk of getting a slipped disc
- Weight lifting and other weight bearing sports
- Severe back injuries (For example if you injure your back in a car accident)
- People are also at increased risk of getting a slipped disc as they get older
Symptoms of slipped disc can include-
- Pain in the lower back
- Tingling sensation in the legs
- Muscle paralysis
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder control
The symptoms will vary depending on what nerve is hit by the slipped disc. In some cases they will not be immediately obvious and you may not be aware that you have the condition.
A slipped disc will often fall back into place around four to six weeks after it initially slips out. Gentle exercises can often help to ease it back into place. In some cases you may have to take painkillers or require a few sessions of physiotherapy to recover. While it may be painful to move for the first couple of days after this period, it is important to be mobile as soon as possible.
However, while you are recovering it you should avoid reaching for things, heavy lifting or sitting still for a long period of time.
Only around 10% of slipped disc injuries will require surgery. This is only required if you suffer from severe nerve compression, problems standing and walking or you have severe muscle weakness. Surgery will remove the part of the slipped disc that bulges out and will usually only take a few days.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have slipped a disc in an accident that was not your fault we can help. Back injuries can be very problematic and can mean you have to spend long periods unable to work. Cases can also help to ensure that companies take their health and safety policies more seriously, reducing unacceptable levels of risk to their employees.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day. If you suspect that your condition occurred as a result of unsafe working practises or because you were involved in an accident that was not your fault then you should contact us. We have specialist solicitors all over the UK so we can find the ideal representative for your claim. Contact us today and find out what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown