Did a slip, trip or fall cause a herniated disc in your back?

Because they are easy to clean, tiles and polished concrete are common flooring materials in stores around Tennessee. Unfortunately, though, just a bit of spilled liquid may make these types of floors a slip, trip or fall hazard. If a store employee does not quickly remove the hazard, you may sustain a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident. 

Herniated discs are a common and potentially life-altering injury in slips, trips and falls. If you have fallen in a store, you should seek emergency medical treatment to be sure you have not seriously injured your back. 

What do the discs in your spine do?

Your spine provides support for your upper body while also protecting your delicate spinal cord from damage. You also have cartilage disc between each vertebra to cushion your spine. While these discs are tough, they are also not indestructible. 

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc, sometimes called a ruptured, bulged or slipped disc, is one that moves outside of its normal position. If this happens, you may experience excruciating pain and muscular weakness. You may also have mobility complications, as herniated discs may make it difficult to bend, twist or lift heavy objects. 

How do doctors treat herniated discs?

If it is serious, your herniated disc is not likely to improve without medical intervention. Initially, your doctor may recommend medication or radiculopathy. If your injury is severe, though, you may need surgery to return to your pre-injury condition. 

Recovering from disc surgery may take a great deal of time, patience and money. Still, you should follow your doctor’s orders and seek specialist care if necessary.