A herniated disc is a spinal disc that has “herniated,” or worked its way out of its normal position between the spine’s vertebrae and pushed into the spinal canal.
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Herniated discs are very common car accident injuries. Why? The trauma of an auto accident can cause a herniated disc. For instance, a traumatic event, such as a blow to the back, can cause a herniated disc.
The back injury part of a herniated disc occurs when the herniated disc compresses or puts pressure on the spinal cord (i.e., the nerves that carry messages from the brain to the different parts of a person’s body), which travels through the spinal canal.
The result is that a herniated disc injury may cause an afflicted person to suffer arm or leg pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness at the site of the herniation, or in areas serviced by nerves affected by the herniation.
Herniated discs are also referred to as ruptured discs, protruding discs and slipped discs.
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