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The spinal column is the nerve center and connects nerves to other systems within the body. A serious spinal injury affects the overall functionality of an injury victim. An accident that causes injury to the spine can cause damage to the spinal discs resulting in symptoms of numbness, tingling and shooting pains.

The Roberts Law Firm P.C. has handled numerous cases involving injuries such as:

  • herniated discs
  • bulging discs
  • ruptured discs
  • spinal fractures and compression fractures of the spine
  • degenerative disc disease
  • muscle sprains and strains
  • spinal cord and nerve injuries
  • spinal surgery cases
  • fractured pelvis, and
  • paralysis

The Roberts Law Firm P.C. has the knowledge and experience to review the medical documentation from such medical procedures and fully evaluate and determine the value of your claim. We work with surgeons, treating physicians, and medical experts to demonstrate the level of injury to an injured victim.

Treatment for Back Injuries

Back injuries are most commonly initially treated through what is referred to as conservative treatment. This treatment may include evaluation by an orthopedist and referral to physical therapy. Many conditions improve through physical therapy, medication management, injection therapy and passage of time. However, in some cases, conservative care is not sufficient to resolve symptoms following a back or neck injury. Nerve roots and pinched nerves may have pressure on them from damage to the back’s discs and surgery is needed to relieve that pressure and thereby relieve pain symptoms.

Spinal Disc Injuries

A herniated disc or bulging disc is a very serious condition and causes significant pain and limitations. These spinal conditions are also commonly referred to as a pinched nerve, bulging disc, ruptured disc or slipped disc in the back. A damaged spinal disc compresses on nerves within the spine and causes the development of symptomology causing pain and irritation. A spinal disc or vertebrae may be forced out of its normal and appropriate position within the spinal cord resulting in a bulging disc. If the outer layer of the spinal disc tears or beaks, this results in what is commonly referred to as a herniated or ruptured disc.

A herniated or bulging disc that is pressed against a nerve within the spinal column will cause excruciating pain, including sharp and shooting pains down the legs and extremities and numbness, tingling and weakness in the muscles of the arms, legs, toes, feet, back, shoulders or neck. Following a back injury, an injury victim may begin to experience radiating pain, numbness and tingling and weakness moving from the back to extremities, including numbness and tingling down arms and legs. More serious problems can develop such as loss and problems with bladder and bowel control. Serious damage to the spinal cord can actually result in paralysis, commonly referred to as quadriplegia or paraplegia.

Determination of the level of injury to the spine is most commonly determined through an MRI or CAT scan of the spine. This diagnostic technology is able to determine objectively what damage is present to the spine. Unfortunately, some injury victims wait for extended periods of time after an injury before getting the appropriate testing to determine the nature and extent of possible spinal injury. The sooner testing is performed, the sooner a determination can be made as to the cause of injury and medical treatment that is needed to alleviate the continuing symptomology that a patient is experiencing. The location of a back injury is commonly divided between three areas of the back: the lower back (lumbar spine), middle back (thoracic spine) and upper back and neck (cervical spine).

Recommendation for Surgery

A serious back injury is painful and debilitating. Under such circumstances, the orthopedist, spine surgeon or neurosurgeon will likely recommend the injured person undergo spinal surgery. Surgery in such situations is commonly performed to alleviate and stop compression of the spinal discs on nerve roots and therefore reduce or eliminate the radicular symptoms that have developed. A spinal fusion surgery is commonly performed to alleviate a bulging, herniated or ruptured disc. Such a surgery is most commonly performed by a neurosurgeon or orthopedist. The need for spinal fusion surgery is based upon continuing symptomology and continued limitation on activity caused by the injury. Conservative treatment through medical evaluation and therapy are likely exhausted prior to the surgical intervention. As with any surgical procedure, no complete fix is possible. The goal of the procedure is to alleviate the continuing and debilitating symptoms.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal fusion surgery is usually recommended if the cause of back pain is from motion between the segments of the spine. A spinal fusion limits motion in the area of pain to alleviate the problem. Spinal fusion surgery involves permanently connecting two or more of your vertebrae together with bone grafts and metal plates and screws. Spinal fusion is permanent and generally takes away some mobility and does not always provide complete relief from pain. This surgery is usually performed when one or more herniated discs or degenerative disease are present in the spine.

Laminectomy Surgery

A laminectomy or disc replacement is a surgery often recommended when a herniated disc pinches nerves, creating symptoms of leg or hip pain, weakness in legs or feet, numbness in legs or feet, and problems with bowel or bladder functions. The lamina may be removed on one or both sides, allowing access to the foramen, nerve roots and disc. From this position, the foramen may be cleaned out to provide more space for the nerve roots to exit, and the part of the disc that is pressing on the nerve can be removed.

Discectomy Surgery

A discectomy is a surgery done to remove a herniated disc from the spinal canal. When a disc herniation occurs, a fragment of the normal spinal disc is dislodged. This fragment may press against the spinal cord or the nerves that surround the spinal cord. This pressure causes the symptoms that are characteristic of herniated discs. The surgical treatment of a herniated disc is to remove the fragment of spinal disc that is causing the pressure on the nerve.

No Recovery, No Fee – Call Our Missouri Disc Injury Attorneys

If you have questions about an accident case involving spinal disc injury, please feel free to contact The Roberts Law Firm P.C. directly to discuss your situation. The Roberts Law Firm takes injury cases on a contingency basis. This means you will only pay attorney’s fees if we obtain compensation for you. For a free consultation with The Roberts Law Firm P.C., call us at 636-530-9199, toll free at 866-585-5643 or contact us online.

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