Posted on December 9th, 2013 by Zane Cagle
Nerve root impingement is often caused by a herniated disc, a slipped disc or a protruding disc. Really, what happens in an oversimplified explanation is the disc which is a piece of cartilage, or muscle fiber sitting between the vertebras in your back gets pushed out. Disc injuries are common as a result of motor vehicle crashes or slip and falls.
One of the examples that I use is a basketball or a tire with a big bump on it that pushes out—this is very similar to a disc bulge. When that happens the bulge or bump in the tissue pushes against the nerve next to your spinal column which can cause numbness, pain, tingling and usually pain that radiates. So, if you’ve been told by a medical professional that you have nerve root impingement, it is something you need to discuss with them and your options for treatment. Obviously, I believe that most medical professionals believe you should take care of this sooner than later. So these type of injuries need to be addressed with a medical professional. You need to get quality medical treatment in the beginning rather than waiting.
An analogy I often use to explain this concept is if I sprained an ankle. If I sprain my ankle and do not seek medical treatment and keep using the ankle actively, the odds that ankle will continue to trouble me and possibly trouble me for much of my life is greater than if I had treated the ankle such as getting off of it, elevate it, and icing it.
Same thing with nerve root impingement…..as soon as you begin to suffer from these symptoms, you need to seek a medical professional immediately because the longer you wait the greater the chances of having permanency associated with this injury.
Nerve root impingement often occurs as a result of a back or neck injury such as the injuries associated with auto accidents, but since the neck and back are vulnerable due to spine proximity, severe falls can also create these painful situations. If you have been in an auto accident and have resulting pain, it is critical you seek medical attention to diagnose and develop a plan for treatment.
If you have been in an auto accident, nerve root impingement may or might not be diagnosed in the emergency room the same day as your accident. Often, physical complaints about soreness and aches after an auto accident will be evaluated through a x-ray in order to rule out broken bones. However, if your pain symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention and more testing to determine the car accident injuries.
At our firm, our goal is to assist you after an accident while you are getting medical treatment so you can focus on treatment and recovering. We handle negotiations with insurance companies, investigations, and other legal needs on your behalf. Negotiating with insurance companies is a time consuming and often confusing issue for most people who do not do it on a daily basis. Medical treatment, time off work and putting your life back together is a difficult situation. We take pride in helping people through some of the most difficult situations. Call us at The Cagle Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation locally (314) 276-1681 or toll free (314) 276-1681