Lumbar Radiculopathy Injuries

Lumbar Radiculopathy Injuries

Lumbar radiculopathy is caused by nerve disruptions due to ruptured or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylosis, foraminal stenosis, or any other injuries or conditions that can exert pressure on the surrounding nerves. Since degenerative conditions like arthritis develop over time with age they usually aren’t the cause of radiculopathy in younger people. Trauma related injuries resulting in ruptured and bulging discs are the main cause of lumbar radiculopathy in younger people. In some cases an MRI can reveal the extent of a herniated disc and it may even show the displaced or herniated disc material actually coming in contact with a particular nerve.

Herniated Lumbar Disc Injury

Herniated Lumbar Disc Injury

When a disc suffers an injury, the outer layer of the disc or donut gets stretched and then cracks which causes the jellylike material inside to ooze out. Often times the oozing disc material leaks into the spinal canal where it comes in contact with a nerve. When the jelly escapes the disc it’s known as a herniated disc. The pressure that the oozing material places on the surrounding spinal nerve can create great pain in other areas of the body. If a disc located between the vertebrae of the lumbar spine—the lower back—is herniated or ruptures then the pressure placed on the nerves in this area can create weakness, numbness, pin and needles, or sharp shooting pain in legs and feet. This is known as lumbar radiculopathy.

Herniated Cervical Disc Injuries

Herniated Cervical Disc Injuries

When a disc suffers an injury, the outer layer of the disc or donut gets stretched and then cracks which causes the jellylike material inside to ooze out. Often times the oozing disc material leaks into the spinal canal where it comes in contact with a nerve exiting from the spinal column. When the jelly escapes the disc it’s known as a herniated disc. The pressure that the oozing material places on the surrounding spinal nerve can create great pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in other areas of the body. If a disc that is located between the vertebrae of the cervical spine—the neck—is herniated or ruptures then the pressure placed on the nerves in this area can create weakness, numbness, a sensation of pins and needles, or sharp shooting pain in the arms, shoulders and hands. This is known as cervical radiculopathy.

Cervical Radiculopathy Injury

Cervical Radiculopathy Injury

Cervical radiculopathy is caused by nerve disruptions due to ruptured or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylosis, foraminal stenosis, or any other injuries or conditions that can exert pressure on the surrounding nerves. Since degenerative conditions like arthritis develop over time with age they usually aren’t the cause of radiculopathy in younger people. Trauma related injuries resulting in ruptured and bulging discs are the main cause of cervical radiculopathy in younger people. In some cases an MRI can reveal the extent of a herniated disc and it may even show the displaced or herniated disc material actually coming in contact with a particular nerve.

Lumbar/Lower Back Strain/Sprain Injuries

Lumbar/Lower Back Strain/Sprain Injuries

Lumbar back strain involves overstretching the tendons and/or muscles in the lower lumbar back. If the pain, limited range of motion or any other symptoms last for more than three months the injury will be designated as a chronic condition or a chronic lumbar strain. Symptoms of a lower lumbar back strain include limited range of motion when bending or twisting at the hips, sore or aching back especially in the morning after getting out of bed or at the end of the day, muscle spasms and pain that radiates into the buttocks/groin/thighs.

Facet Joint Injury

Facet Joint Injury

Facet injuries are hard to diagnosed because X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs cannot detect the injury. These tests are incapable of detecting the microscopic damage within the tiny facet joints. That is why people suffering a facet joint injury are often misdiagnosed. If an X-ray, CT Scan or MRI doesn’t reveal structural damage (i.e. a herniated disc, disc disease or other condition or injury) most doctors will conclude that the post accident back pain is the result of a soft-tissue injury like a lumbar strain/sprain or cervical strain/sprain. As a result, facet joint injuries that are misdiagnosed as a soft tissue injury often wont be revealed until weeks or months after the accident.

About Cervical Sprain/Strain Injuries

About Cervical Sprain/Strain Injuries

Car accidents are a daily occurrence in Massachusetts and cause a wide variety of injuries. Some of the most common injuries are cervical sprains and strains. Rear-end accidents, side-impact collisions, and head-on crashes can whip a motor vehicle occupant’s head back and forth or side to side in a matter of milliseconds. When a head, with an average weight of 10 to 12 pounds, gets whipped back and forward in a crash, it creates a considerable amount stress on the cervical neck. During a crash the cervical neck tries to stabilize the head in order to prevent it from snapping back and forth. This places a tremendous amount of stress on the head and spine which results in strained and sprained muscles and ligaments.

Vertebral  Compression Fractures

Vertebral Compression Fractures

Most compression fractures are caused by blunt force trauma sustained in car, truck or motorcycle accidents. They can all also result from slip and falls on hard surfaces or from great heights. Victims of compression fractures due to falls from great highest usually suffer this injury if they land on their feet of buttock. The vertebral bones like all other bones in the body are able to withstand great amounts of pressure without fracturing if they are healthy. However, if the force of the impact is too great or the bones of the spine aren’t healthy then compression fractures can result.

Back and Spinal Cord Injuries

Every year hundreds of Massachusetts residents suffer back injuries. These injuries are caused in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. A back injury can have a serious effect on your overall quality of life and your ability to get or keep a job. Most back injuries involve muscles, tendons, ligaments or discs located in the spinal column. Most of back injuries are located in the cervical spine region (the area consisting of the vertebrae that run from the base of the skull down to the shoulder blades) and lumbar spine region (the area consisting of the vertebrae that run from the middle of the back down to the tailbone.)

Temporomandibular Joint Injuries

Temporomandibular Joint Injuries

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injury occurs when the joint and ligaments of the jaw suffer a trauma related injury. This is a very serious jaw injury and most Massachusetts injury attorneys aren’t even aware that it exists. The temporomandibular joint (also known as the jaw joint) is located below each ear. This joint attaches the lower jaw to the skull and allows the lower jaw to move up and down and side to side which gives us the ability to talk, chew and open and close or mouths.

Herniated and Bulging Disc Injuries

Herniated and Bulging Disc Injuries

Herniated discs can go undiagnosed. It is critical that your treating doctor perform a thorough medical exam after your accident. Your pain and symptoms might not indicate that you have a herniated disc. If you are taken to the emergency room from the scene of an accident the emergency room physician might order an X-ray, CT-Scan or MRI. MRI’s are best for diagnosing herniated discs. If the emergency room doctor informs you that you have suffered a herniated disc it is important that you follow his or her instructions. They will likely advise you to make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment — it is your primary care doctor that will get you on the path to recovery by outlining a suitable course of treatment.