New Jersey Herniated Disc Injury Lawyer
If you or a family member suffered an injury to your neck or back as an accident victim, you need an experienced New Jersey injury lawyer to ensure you are fairly compensated. At My NJ Injury Lawyer Howard P. Lesnik, Esq., I fight to ensure my clients receive the benefits they are entitled to. I am experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and representing accident victims throughout New Jersey. I understand the intricacies of NJ accident laws and fight for you so your rights are protected.
Neck and back injuries are among the most common injuries that you can suffer in an accident. An injury to your neck or back or neck can lead to permanent disability and can be extremely painful. These types of injuries can be sustained in many types of accidents, ranging from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, or even recreational activities such as skiing accidents.
Common Neck and Back Injuries:
- Herniated Discs
- Bulging Discs
- Protruding Discs
- Ruptured Discs
- Spinal Fractures
- Disc Impingement
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc involves an injury to one of the rubbery cushions (disc) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up your spine. A spinal disc is similar to a jelly donut, with a soft center encased inside a hard exterior. Sometimes called a protruded disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc happens when some of the softer “jelly” is forced out from a tear through the tougher exterior. This injury can be caused from the trauma when someone is involved in an accident. A herniated disk can impinge and aggravate the nearby nerves which frequently results in stiffness, pain, and radiation of numbness or weakness into the arms and legs.
Herniated discs usually occur in your low back (lumbar spine), as well as your neck (cervical spine). Frequent signs and symptoms of a herniated disk are:
- Neck and back stiffness and pain
Herniated discs can cause pain, stiffness, and result in difficulty turning your head, loss of range of motion and bending your back.
- Arm or leg pain
When a herniated disc is in your lower back (lumbar spine), you can experience intense pain in the buttocks, thigh and calf. Pain may also travel all the way down to the foot. If the herniated disc is in your neck (cervical spine), the pain may radiate to your shoulder and arm. Pain can also shoot into your arm or leg and be aggravated when you cough, sneeze or try to bend the spine into certain positions.
- Numbness or tingling
People who suffer herniated disc injuries may feel numbness or tingling in area for the body part extremities connected to the damaged nerves.
Muscles connected by the damaged nerves often will weaken and may cause difficulty in lifting and raising your arms, and hamper the ability to lift, hold or carry heavy objects.
Treatment for Herniated Discs
- Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors offer conservative treatment for injuries associated with back pain, neck pain, joint discomfort of the arms or legs, and headaches.
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy helps improve your ability to complete tasks and activities of daily living. It helps accident victims improve walking, going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed. It also helps improve and restore your physical function and your fitness level.
- Pain Management
Pain management physicians provide accident victims with care for spine and pain disorders. Doctors can provide treatment for pain management and anesthesiology. Procedures for the spine involve laser spine surgery, non-surgical techniques, minimally invasive surgery. Most common treatments include nerve/root/joint blocks, and nerve/steroid/epidural injections.
- Cervical Fusion Surgery
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgical procedure to remove a herniated disc in the cervical spine. An incision is made in the throat in order to surgically remove the disc. After the disc is removed, the vertebrae are fused together through bone graft and metal screws.
If you or a loved one suffered a neck, back or herniated disc injury in an accident, you should contact an attorney familiar with handling these claims. Please see my NJ Car Accident Checklist if you are in an accident. My NJ Injury Lawyer Howard P. Lesnik, Esq. offers free strategy sessions to address any issue or questions you may have about your injury, medical bills or your accident claim.
Please contact NJ Injury Lawyer Howard Lesnik, Esq., immediately if you were involved in an accident or suffered a herniated disc, back or neck injury. I personally handle NJ personal injury cases on a regular basis. Please contact me now by email, by phoning 908.264.7701, or by completing the form to the right to schedule your complimentary 30-minute strategy session.