Back injuries after a car accident can be painful and debilitating.The most common type of injury is a herniated disc. Most herniated disc injuries occur in the lower back (lumbar spine).
The vertebra of the spine are cushioned by discs which protect the nerves and allow the spine to be flexible. When someone is involved in a car accident (usually a rear-end collision) a disc can rupture or bulge and expose the nerve and leave the vertebra vulnerable.
A ruptured disc can cause severe pain, numbness, and weakness along the spine. A herniated disc in the lumbar section of the spine can causes numbness along the buttocks and down the leg along the sciatic nerve. Sometimes a person can experience numbness in both legs and lose control of their bladder. This is called equine syndrome and should be treated immediately.
Surgery for a herniated disc is not uncommon. The surgeon would perform what is called a lumbar fusion surgery where he or she adds bone graft to the damaged area of the spine which eliminates pain and motion in that area of the spine. Recovery time varies but can last years. Occasional on-going physical therapy could be necessary .
Lumbar Fusion surgery is not uncommon after rear-end collisions. You deserve monetary compensation for your lost wages and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one had to undergo lumbar fusion surgery after a negligent driver rear-ended your car, call us at Kansas City Accident Attorneys. Our lawyers have more than 15 years’ experience handling car accident claims. Give us a call today at 816-471-5111. You can also download a free copy of our book, "Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim," for helpful advice when filing an injury claim.