What type of spine injuries are delaying victims’ recovery after an accident? After an accident that causes severe injuries, life gets put on hold. Lost wages, job loss, and isolation from family and friends are common occurrences. After recovering from most injuries, a victim should be able to return to daily life after a short healing period.
In the article Herniated Disk, Back, and Spine Injuries Explained we discuss the topic of herniated disks from a clinical perspective. We give insight into symptoms of a serious medical problem that Personal Injury lawyers can quickly recognize in their clients. This helps provide the client with medical attention as quickly as possible. What happens, however, if certain injuries are delaying recovery? This article will provide the answers to what comes next in these serious situations.
What are herniated disks?
The symptoms of a herniated disk can include but are not limited to:
- Pain in the extremities: if a victim has a herniated disk in their lower back (lumbar region) they may typically feel intense, burning pain in the buttocks, calf, or thigh. In extreme cases, the feet and toes lose sensation. However, if a victim has a herniated disk in their neck (cervical region), they’ll most likely suffer pain in their shoulders and arms. This pain can be “shooting pain”. It can worsen depending on position (sitting or standing).
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in hands, fingers, toes or feet: this is a common symptom of a herniated disk; numbness or tingling in the affected extremities can be uncomfortable, and is caused by impingement or inflammation of the affected nerves. Inflamed nerves can also lead to severe pain and complications, namely CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). See the next section of this article for further information on what’s been grimly nicknamed “The Suicide Disease”.
- Muscle weakness: nerves provide strength to muscles, and therefore when they become inflamed by a herniated disk injury, you may suffer muscle weakness and atrophy (deterioration of muscle). Those affected by muscle weakness due to a herniated disk may be at-risk for falling and must take care when using stairs or attempting to stand up, or perform other tasks such as getting in or out of the bathtub.
How does CRPS delay recovery?
Surgical intervention for herniated disks can lead to a longer, more complicated recovery period for a victim. This means time out of work while medical expenses pile up. Any type of surgery prolongs recovery. However, spine surgeries have a track record for the longest recovery periods. Thus, victims’ lawyers should be seeking to obtain adequate compensation.
CRPS is seen frequently in victims recovering from back or spine injury. This adds an entirely new problem within their recovery. A herniated disk repair surgery may lead to delayed recovery for the patient if CRPS is a post operative side effect. A victim may wake up post-op with injuries due to the surgeon’s lack of experience with treating CRPS injuries. If the doctor is found to be negligent, he or she may be liable for Medical Malpractice. Therefore, it’s important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible after experiencing extremely painful complications after surgery. Surgery under normal circumstances is meant to be curative. It’s meant to provide adequate pain relief not achieved through conservative methods of treatment.
Next in our “Recovery” article series
Sometimes injuries in an accident are catastrophic in nature. TBI, spinal cord injury, broken vertebrae or herniated disks are all extremely life threatening. Thus, the amount of compensation must be the maximum under state law.
In our next article, we’ll begin to look at the necessity of maximum compensation in back and spinal cord injuries. We’ll also delve into the necessity of spinal cord stimulators for patients with spinal cord injuries after an accident. Spinal cord injury pain and suffering can become so unbearable, victims must undergo surgery to relieve suffering.
Disclaimer: Any symptoms should always be discussed with a licensed medical professional, and one should never rely on articles found via the internet when making important medical decisions. This article is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.