Many Accidents Can Cause Herniated Discs at C4/C5 or C5/C6 — Here’s What You Need to Know
Gregg Hollander | April 15, 2023 | Personal Injury
Accidents can produce countless kinds of injuries, including injuries along the spinal cord, and more specifically, the spinal discs. Herniated discs in the cervical spine are some of the most common types of disc injuries. They cause significant pain and discomfort.
What Are Spinal Discs?
Along the spine, the average adult has 24 vertebrae. The vertebrae are small bones that make up the entirety of the spine. In between these bones, you’ll find spinal, or intervertebral, discs.
Spinal discs have a jelly-like center known as the nucleus pulposus. This is surrounded by a flexible ring called the annulus. These discs act as “shock absorbers” for the spine.
What Happens When a Spinal Disc Becomes Herniated?
Because spinal discs are under constant pressure, they are prone to injury under certain circumstances. One of the most common types of disc injuries is herniation.
A herniated disc, also called a ruptured disc, occurs when the center, gel-like material inside the disc pushes out through a tear in the outer ring.
When this happens, several symptoms may arise, including:
- Numbness or tingling
A herniation can occur in any spinal disc, and symptoms vary depending on the location of the herniated disc.
Discs are identified using numbers. When a medical professional diagnoses your condition, they’ll indicate which disc(s) have suffered an injury.
Herniations of the C4/C5 Discs
The C4/C5 discs are located in the middle of the neck. These vertebrae can seriously affect the motion of the neck. Common symptoms associated with herniated discs in the C4/C5 include weakness and pain along the shoulders.
Herniations of the C5/C6 Discs
C5 and C6 discs are also located in the neck region; however, even with their close proximity to C4/C5, herniation of these discs can cause different symptoms.
Symptoms often associated with C5/C6 herniated discs include numbness and tingling all along the arms, wrists, thumbs, and fingertips. Weakness is also common in these areas.
Common Causes of Disc Herniations
Herniated discs can arise for a variety of reasons.
Several types of stressful and traumatic accidents can result in herniated discs, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Slip and falls
If you experience an accident and another party’s negligent or intentional actions cause you injury, you may have a viable personal injury claim. Taking action can help you recover compensation for the injuries and losses associated with your accident.
Treating C4/C5 and C5/C6 Herniated Discs
In many cases, herniated discs do not completely heal. Therefore, treatment is necessary to help lessen the symptoms associated with the injury.
Depending on the severity of your herniated discs, treatment could include:
- Wearing a cervical collar (neck brace) for some time to immobilize the neck
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
In the most severe cases, herniated discs may require surgery. Your physician can discuss treatment options to help you recover as much as possible.
Discuss Your Spinal Disc Injuries With a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer
If you suffer from herniated discs after experiencing an accident caused by another’s negligent or intentional actions, consult a personal injury attorney. A skilled lawyer can provide guidance and advice and determine how best to proceed to pursue justice and compensation.
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