If you suffer a Herniated Disc in a car or trucking wreck is that a serious or permanent injury?
It depends on the type of Herniated Disc you may have suffered. Let me explain.
In our spine we have 23 discs that sit between vertebrae (or intervertebral bodies) that provide three functions: 1) mobility 2) hold the vertebrae together, and 3) shock absorption.
If a disc herniates or ruptures that integrity of the disc is compromised and the anatomy of the disc is permanently changed. Furthermore, because there is NO blood supply into the disc–the disc will never repair itself. All independent medical experts will agree that trauma can cause a perfectly healthy disc to herniate. Once a healthy disc herniates, it will never return to its normal anatomical state—the disease or injury is permanent in nature.
In interest of brevity, I will not discuss all the different types of herniation except mention that NOT all herniations are the same. For example, you can suffer a posterior herniation, anterior herniation, right paracentral herniation, left paracentral herniation. In addition, the specific area within body where you suffer the herniation is significant. You can suffer a herniation in your neck, referred to as a cervical herniation. You can suffer a herniation in your mid-back called thoracic herniation, and/or you can suffer a low back herniation medically known as a lumbar herniation.
Posterior Herniation is where the protruding disc material is oriented towards the spinal cord.
Anterior Herniation is where the protruding disc material is oriented away form the spinal cord side.
Right Paracentral Disc Herniation is where the protruding disc material is right of center. Typically, a person suffering from a right paracentral disc herniation will experience radiating pain traveling down the right side of his/her body. For example, if you have a right sided herniated disc in your low back at the L5-S1 level then the radiating pain should be traveling down your right leg into your toe.
Left Paracentral Disc Herniation is where the protruding disc material is left of center. Typically, a person suffering from a left paracentral disc herniation will experience radiating pain traveling down the left side of his/her body. For example, if you have a left sided herniated disc in your low back at the L5-S1 level then the radiating pain should be traveling down your left leg into your toe.
A herniated disc within your back will require medical treatment to help alleviate the pain. The different types of medical treatment that help deal with herniated disc injuries, include but are not limited to chiropractic care, pain management and/or potential spine surgery.
Degenerative Disc is where a disc in your neck or back undergoes the normal aging process. The intervertebral disc loses the natural water content within the disc causing the disc to lose its natural height.
If you are suffering from any of these injures and conservative treatment does not help, then your only option may be spinal surgery. Have surgery to your spine should be the option of last resort.
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