Herniated Disc C4/C5 And C5/C6 Injuries

Neck injuries are often excruciatingly painful. In certain instances, the pain and loss of mobility can impede work and daily activities. Herniated discs between the C4/C5 and C5/C6 vertebrae are potential causes of neck pain and immobility.

Vertebrae and Intervertebral Discs

Vertebrae are the bones that make up your spinal column. There are seven bones numbered C1 through C7 in the neck (cervical spinal column). Intervertebral discs are small, pillow-like objects located between each pair of bones.

As the body moves, the intervertebral disc acts as a small cushion that absorbs jolts and shocks. The discs protect the bones and facilitate movement. Without intervertebral discs, the friction caused by movement would cause the spinal bones to grind together.

Each intervertebral disc consists of two distinct sections. The nucleus pulposus is the innermost portion. There is a gel-like substance present.

The annulus fibrosus makes up the outer portion of the disc. It acts as a hard shell to contain the gel-like substance within the disc.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc occurs when the disc’s inner core protrudes or leaks through its outer layer. Discs that are herniated are also known as ruptured, slipped, or bulging discs. A herniated disc can cause excruciating pain and limited mobility.

The pressure placed on spinal nerves as the nucleus pulposus pushes through the annulus fibrosus can cause pain. When the gel-like substance in the nucleus seeps through the annulus fibrosus into the spinal column, pain may also result. The substance irritates the spinal nerves, causing discomfort and pain.

A herniated intervertebral disc may cause pain that is sharp and stabbing. Some people also describe the pain as constant and burning.

Herniated discs in the neck frequently occur between the C4 and C5 vertebrae and the C5 and C6 vertebrae.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Herniated Discs 

The most prevalent symptom of a herniated cervical disc is pain. Pain may intensify with movement, especially with certain types of movement. Other symptoms of a cervical disc herniation may include:

  • Lack of strength in the upper extremities and shoulders
  • Tingling and numbness in the arms or hands
  • Pain that shoots through the shoulders, hands, and arms
  • Neck discomfort when bending or rotating the neck

Depending on the location of the herniated disc in the neck, the symptoms vary. Based on the patient’s symptoms, doctors may be able to narrow down the location of a herniated cervical disc.

In addition to analysing symptoms and performing a physical examination, a herniated disc may be identified using imaging tools. The herniated disc can be located using MRIs, x-rays, and CT scans. Disc herniation can also be diagnosed using nerve conduction studies.

The treatment strategy for a cervical disc herniation is determined by the patient’s symptoms. Usually, non-invasive, conservative treatments are tried first. To treat the pain and other symptoms, they may prescribe pain medication, muscle relaxants, and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Doctors may also prescribe physical therapy, collar immobilisation, and traction if the patient does not respond to medication. In severe cases of herniated intervertebral discs, surgery, spinal cord stimulation devices, spinal steroid injections, or intrathecal pain pumps may be used to treat the condition.

Common Causes of Herniated Cervical Discs

A herniated disc could be caused by any jolt or blow to the neck. In addition to lifting heavy objects and disc degeneration, neck herniated discs can be caused by lifting light objects. Accidents that exert pressure on the cervical spinal column or cause the neck to violently twist or jerk can also result in a herniated cervical disc.

Examples of common accidents that can lead to a herniated cervical disc are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Assaults
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Recreational and sporting pursuits
  • Bus accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Occupational accidents
  • Subway mishaps

Injuries to the spinal cord can result in permanent impairments. If you have been injured in an accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately. If a herniated cervical disc necessitates surgery, physical therapy, or long-term pain management, you may be entitled to substantial monetary damages.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for a Herniated Cervical Disc

If another party was responsible for your injury, you may be able to recover damages for a cervical herniated disc. Examples of possible compensation for a personal injury claim include:

  • Expenses associated with medical care, such as medications, doctor’s fees, medical equipment, physical therapy, surgery, and other treatments.
  • Income loss, such as wages, benefits, salaries, commissions, and bonuses.
  • Physical suffering and pain
  • emotional suffering and mental suffering
  • Permanent impairments and handicaps
  • Loss of life’s pleasure

The worth of your personal injury claim is contingent on a number of factors. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your claim and explain how you can increase the likelihood of receiving full compensation for all damages caused by a herniated disc.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

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Forest Hills, NY 11375
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