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Understanding your herniated disk

A herniated disk is a painful condition. People with this condition may struggle with chronic pain, weakness and other symptoms.

A herniated disk can happen for many reasons from wear and tear to car crashes. Whatever the cause, it's important to get the right medical treatment to help reduce the stress on the spinal cord and column.

What is a herniated disk?

A herniated disk is a problem where the disk between the vertebrae slips out of position. The disk, which is soft, slips or pushes out through a tear in the exterior. This leads to the irritation of nerves. It can cause pain, weakness and numbness in the limbs. Some people don't have symptoms, but many do on a daily basis.

When someone suffers from a herniated disk, it's not always an immediate sign that they need surgery. Most cases actually resolve with exercise, weight loss and strength training.

What should you do if you suffer a herniated disk?

If you have a herniated disk as a result of someone's negligence or intentional misconduct, it's important to know that you have a right to a claim. A good legal claim can help you obtain the compensation you need to replace lost wages as well as to cover your growing medical costs. No matter how long it takes, the other party should be responsible for the medical care you need while you recovery from your injuries. A herniated disk can usually heal, but it may take months or years of recovery with the right medical techniques and treatments on a regular basis.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Herniated disk," accessed Feb. 22, 2018

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