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What is a fractured disc?

In the city of Atlanta, a fractured disc can be caused by trauma to the spinal column. This may occur in the course of a car accident, in a slip and fall injury, in a sports injury, or as a result of a violent act. When a fractured disc is the result of an accident, the victim may be legally entitled to compensation from the at-fault party.

A fracture of the spine is not the same as a fracture of the arm or leg. When the spine is fractured, pieces of bone can damage the spinal nerves, discs or the spinal cord itself. The severity of the injury will dictate the amount of pain that is experienced, along with the amount of further damage that is caused. A person with a spinal fracture may need only conservative treatment. Another person with a spinal fracture may require surgery.

Fractures can occur in any area of the spine. Most occur in the lower region of the back. Spinal fractures tend to be categorized in one of three ways: fractures, dislocations and fracture-dislocations. The last is the most serious.

A person with a spinal fracture may experience a variety of symptoms, depending on the severity and location of the fracture. Symptoms include neck and back pain, tingling or numbness, weakness, changes in bladder or bowel function, and paralysis. It is important to note that every spinal fracture does not result in damage to the spinal cord or its nerves.

Car accidents are the number one cause of spinal fractures. An experienced car accident attorney can help victims seek compensation.