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Are Disc Protrusions Caused By Car Accidents?


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2/10/2011
Mike Schafer
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Are you suffering from pain in your back, legs or neck after a trauma or injury from a Kentucky car accident? Has your doctor diagnosed you with a disc protrusion, herniated disc, collapsed disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc, pinched nerve or black disc? There are different terms used by different health care practitioners that may cause confusion for some accident victims.

It is important for to gain a clear understanding of the precise medical diagnosis stated by the Kentucky Spine Care Professional so you understand an injury sustained in a Kentucky car accident. A disc protrusion is a generic term used for a disc disorder. It occurs when the inside of the intervertebral disc (nucleus pulpous) tears its way through the outer portion of the disc (anulus fibrosis) and into the space where the delicate neural structures live. Then the presence of the nuclear material in the anterior epidural space may severely irritate the neural structures, which in turn cause severe back and/or leg pain.

A disc protrusion occurs and increases due to the deterioration of the discs in the back as a result of aging or injury. The condition can be detected by an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination.  It may also be brought about by a traumatic event.

Treatment for a disc protrusion will depend upon the amount of pain a patient is experiencing.  There are some disc protrusion that heal on their own. Measures used to treat disc protrusion includes the use of pain medication prescribed by the Physician, bed rest and physical therapy. However, Surgery may be an option for cases with extreme pain unrelieved by other measures. 

Clear your confusion of your condition and do not hesitate to clarify it with your Kentucky Spine Care Professional.



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Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky

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