Your job requires you to lift heavy items every day. You’ve come to expect back pain as part of your job. However, something felt different today. The pain caused you to fall to the floor, and you couldn’t get up without the help of your coworkers. At the hospital, they told you that you have a herniated disc.
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc also called a ruptured spinal disc, occurs when one of the discs between your spine ruptures or is knocked out of place. Pain, weakness, and numbness are all signs of a herniated disc. Sometimes, these injuries can heal with plenty of rest. More severe cases may require surgery.
Serious complications can happen if an injury is untreated
A herniated disc can have serious consequences, including the possibility of paralysis. You should get medical treatment right away if you can’t feel your legs or your back. Other possible complications that can be caused by a herniated disc include:
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Increased pain or numbness
- Loss of sensation in your inner thighs
You may need emergency surgery to remove the pressure on your spinal cord.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help
If you have suffered a herniated disc while performing a job-related duty, you are likely eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp can help cover your medical expenses and provide you a percentage of your wages for the time that you’re away from work. You should discuss your available options with a skilled legal professional.