Only your doctor can diagnose a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a disc injury in which the nucleus pulpous (inside of the disc) presses outside on the annulus (outside of the disc) and causes a bulge or a break in the disc so that it presses on a spinal nerve. Now we all understand that we can’t use our eyes to see the inside of the human body. So, we can never actually see what a herniated disc looks like unless we open up the body. But we have machines that allow us to take pictures of the inside of the human body to know what it looks like inside. One example, of a machine to allow us to look at a disc is an MRI. Therefore, in a strict logical sense, we don’t know whether there is a herniated disc unless we can see it either during surgery or through the use of a special machine like an MRI. But a disc injury can be diagnosed clinically. We know that the spinal nerves innervate different parts of the body. For example, the L4 nerve root allows us to turn our foot inward (foot inversion), innervates our patellar tendon reflex, and allows for sensation in the outside area of our foot. So, even if you don’t have an MRI that shows a herniation that might affect the L4 nerve you can still get a pretty good indication of whether you have a disc herniation affecting the L4 nerve root if your have clinical symptoms or motor function, reflex, or sensation loss in the L4 nerve distribution.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Ledyard, Connecticut and believe you need some help we invite you to contact the Ledyard car accident lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut