There are many different terms used to describe spinal disc pathology and associated pain, such as “herniated disc,” “pinched nerve,” and “bulging disc,” and all are used differently by doctors.
Unfortunately, healthcare professionals do not agree on a precise definition of any of these terms, and patients may be frustrated when they hear their diagnosis referred to in different terms. A variety of interchangeable terms (ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease, black disc) can add to the confusion.
The medical diagnosis identifies the actual cause of the patient’s back pain, leg pain and other symptoms.
The medical professional determines the cause of the patient’s pain through a combination of a review of the patient’s medical history through a combination of:
- Review of the patient’s medical history
- A complete physical exam
- One or more diagnostic tests (if needed)
This diagnosis may be related to a recent injury including automobile accident, falls, assaults, or other activities resulting in an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. You may be entitled to medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages if your disc or spinal cord injury was caused by another person or company.
If you or someone you know has been injury resulting in a herniated disc or pinched nerve, contact Guldjian immediately for a free consultation at 800-385-4835.