A very common injury in a Kentucky car accident is a bulging disk or herniated disk. Though the two are similar, they are different.
Your spine is made up of vertebrae and disks. The disks in between the vertebrae act as cushions. They help absorb the shocks of every day bending and twisting. Without them, the vertebrae would grind on each other and wear out. But, these disks are spongy and good cushions. If you would like to see a picture of these in person, you can speak to me, a car accident attorney, and see a picture of these in person.
A bulging disk is when one of these disks simply extends outside the space it should normally occupy. If the disk is like a hamburger in between a bun, then a bulging disk is when the hamburger sticks out just a little bit outside the bun. As you get older, a bulging disk becomes more and more common.
A herniated disk is like the hamburger example above but even more meat is sticking out. In both examples, the pain is caused when the disk protrudes out and puts pressure on the nerves running up and down your spine. This pressure is what causes the pain. As your local car accident attorney, the Law Offices of Andrew S. Alitowski can help recommend to you a local chiropractor to give you quick medical attention.
A chiropractor can help alleviate this pain. A chiropractor has a lot of different ways in which he/she can help treat your injuries. Chiropractors concentrate on the spine and the pains associated with injuries to it. If after seeing a chiropractor, you are still in pain, you may need to see a neurologist and have spinal surgery.
At the spinuniverse.com website, Dr. Stewart Eidelson gives a very simple diagram and explanation of the difference between a bugling and herniated disk. http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article437.html. At the spineuniverse.com website, Dr. Edgar Dawson gives a great illustration of a herniated disk. http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article1431.html
Both a herniated and bulging disk can be trauma induced. Thus, if you have been in a recent car accident and feel neck and back pain, you could be suffering from a herniated or bulging disk. It is recommended that you see a doctor and if necessary have an MRI taken to see exactly what your injuries are. Again, as your local car accident attorney, the Law Offices of Andrew S. Alitowski can recommend you to a local MRI facility to help you with this process.
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