Many accident victims who have suffered a spinal cord injury can develop sciatica—severe pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve from the lower back through the hips and buttocks down to the legs. Usually it will affect only one side of the person’s body. Common spinal cord injuries that can cause sciatica include:
- Lumbar herniated disk, also known as a slipped disk or a pinched nerve. This is the most common cause of sciatica.
- Internal bleeding
- Infections in or around the lumbar spine region
- Degenerative disc disease
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis, which occurs when a stress fracture allows vertebrae to slip over another one
- Lumbar spinal stenosis—the narrowing of the spinal cord that causes pressure on the spinal cord and nerves leading to the legs
Six Symptoms of Sciatica
While some people may experience mild symptoms, others can find that the pain worsens over time or becomes debilitating. Common symptoms an accident victim could suffer include:
- Lower back pain that is less painful than in the leg
- Constant pain in one leg or side of the buttock
- Pain that starts in the lower back and travels down through the back of the thigh to the lower leg and foot
- Pain that feels better when the person lies down, but worsens when he stands or sits
- A sharp, burning or electrical shock sensation or excruciating pain
- Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in part or all of the affected leg or foot
If you suffer with sciatica, you may need expensive medical treatments like physical therapy and surgery and experience long-term pain and limitations in your day-to-day activities. However, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering from the business or person that caused your injury. Call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free consultation where we’ll explain your legal options and how we can assist you.