Nerve Root Impingement or Compression
Sept. 25, 2020
The attorneys at The Rode Law Firm understand nerve root compression. The spinal cord, the body’s central nerve network, is protected by vertebrae, and between the vertebrae, discs of cartilage, and other tissue act as cushions between these bones as we move around in the course of a day. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves emerge from the spinal cord at different levels carrying motor and sensory information between the brain and the rest of the body. Nerve root compression occurs when one or more bulging or protruding or herniated discs compress or impinge on these nerve roots, irritating and eroding the nerve root, causing pain, numbness, and tingling in the extremities such as the fingers and toes.
Causes of Nerve and Back Injury
Nerve root compression is usually caused by herniated discs in the form of a bulge, protrusion, or tear caused by a traumatic event, such as motor vehicle accidents and falls. Nerve root compression injuries can result in temporary pain and inability to function or in permanent loss of function below the compressed nerve. Always serious, nerve root compression injuries may require lengthy periods of inactivity, physical therapy, surgery, medication, and rehabilitation. During that time, the victim of the injury may be in considerable pain, unable to lead a normal life, unable to work, and perhaps unable to return to the type of work previously performed.
The impact of these types of injuries may be enormous, life-changing and typically require costly medical treatment. The Rode Law Firm will help you recover the damages you deserve.