Thursday, August 28, 2014
Why Do Herniated Discs Hurt My Arm Or Leg Rather Than My Low Back Or Neck? This Makes No Sense.
Though the scanned MRI image I have attached to this blog is not my own, it could very well be mine. This image shows both signs of healthy discs, degenerative discs, and herniated discs. Each disc is made of a tough out ring called an annulus and a soft inner core called a nucleus. Think jelly donut.
The white colored top discs are healthy discs. You will note they are what spine surgeons refer to has round, plump "jelly donuts". As we move down we see the 4th disc from the top bulging and the disc below that, a herniation. This is when the "jelly" ruptures out the side of the disc and can impinge on a nerve or the spinal cord resulting in significant injury. The L4, 5 and S1 discs (the lower three) are black or very dark. These represent degenerative discs. In the more extreme cases, the black space is almost gone and the bones appear to be touching. This condition can result in considerable back pain and can in some cases necessitate a fusion surgery.
If you have performed heavy, repetitive lifting activities at work and you develop a disc injury of some kind, please speak to an experience expert Minnesota workers compensation attorney. You may have sustained what is referred to as a Gillette injury and you may be entitled to free medical care, lost wages, permanent injury damages and in some cases retraining. Our consultations are absolutely FREE! There is never a fee unless we recover benefits. Please note that every one of our attorneys as over 20 years of personal injury experience. If you speak to other lawyers ask them how long they have practiced law and how long they have practiced exclusively workers compensation. Their fancy misleading websites can be smoke and mirrors. Contact the work comp experts of Atkinson Law Office today. 651-333-3636 and visit our website at www.mndisability.com