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Out Of Work Because Of A Disc Herniation?

Disc herniation can be the result of either an immediate injury or repetitive stress to the spine over time. As with any back injury, pain is intense, often leaving injured workers unable to adequately perform their jobs for any length of time.

At Morizio Law Firm, P.C., in Bridgeport/Stratford, Connecticut, we focus our legal practice solely on helping the injured. We have come to understand the mechanics of disc herniation and how it impacts a person's life. Our goal is to help you or your injured loved one get the workers' compensation benefits you need and deserve.

With two board-certified workers' compensation specialists on our legal team, you can be certain your case is in knowledgeable hands. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a skilled Bridgeport disc herniation lawyer.

What Is Disc Herniation?

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, which are separated by cushions, known as discs. Cervical, thoracic, or lumbar disc herniation can occur when one or more of these discs rupture. This causes the disc to change shape or shift position, pinching or irritating nearby nerves.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Herniated Disc?

When a nerve is irritated by a herniated disc, a number of symptoms can occur, including:

  • Back pain at the specific level of the injured disc
  • Numbness and tingling of the upper or lower extremities
  • Electrical shocks in arms and legs
  • Cauda equina syndrome impacting urination and bowels
  • Muscle weakness

How Is A Herniated Disc Diagnosed?

In a case of immediate injury, many workers will visit the emergency room for X-rays. Unfortunately, an X-ray cannot detect a herniated disc. An MRI, which makes a detailed picture of the cross sections of your spine, will help a physician determine if a disc has been herniated. There are other diagnostic tools that may be deemed reasonable and necessary.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

There are several options for treatment of a herniated disc. A majority of doctors prefer to begin with non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy. In some cases, surgery is the only option for pain relief. Doctors may suggest:

  • Disc removal
  • Disc replacement
  • Discectomy
  • Fusion

Contact Morizio Law Firm, P.C.

Our firm is prepared to take care of your legal needs whether you were injured in an accident or suffer from degenerative disc disease caused by years of job-related stress to your spine. We want to help you get the coverage you deserve for the treatments you require. Contact us at 866-225-9496 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.