Back Injury Statistics and Pertinent Facts

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If you or a loved one have suffered a herniated disc or bulging disk injury, you should contact a herniated disc and bulging disc injury attorney at the Law Offices of William D. Black at 602.265.2600 or email us at  These types of injuries require special expertise when presenting claims to an insurance company or when arguing a case to a jury.

Did you know?

  • Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide
  • 90% of all back injuries occur in the lower back
  • Back pain and radiculopathy are symptoms, not causes
  • Americans spending $50, billion per year on back injury treatment
  • 38% of middle-aged people have disc injuries
  • Muscle relaxers are not necessarily the best form of medication for pain.

The human back is made up of twenty-four vertebrae separated by spinal discs. These discs act as cushions and permit the back to bend and twist in a manner essential for nearly every human action. When an injury causes one of these discs to bulge or burst, the disc moves out of alignment. When the disc is damaged, spinal nerves or the spinal cord can become pinched or compressed. This results in severe symptoms in the back, arms and legs, sometimes referred to as radiculopathy. If these symptoms are not treated, a bulging or herniated disc can affect bladder and bowel control, genital usage, and arm and leg strength.

Three common types of disc injury are:

  • Protruding Disc
  • Bulging Disc
  • Herniated Disc

Symptoms of these Injuries:

The spinal canal holds the spinal cord and nerve roots that continue from the back to all parts of the body. When a disc protrudes in the spinal canal, the disc can put pressure on the nerves or spinal cord. This nerve compression can cause many serious problems, including:

  • Radiating pain down a leg or arm
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swelling in the area of the bulging disc
  • Tingling or numbness of the lower leg, calf, foot, arm or hand
  • Paralysis
  • Buttocks pain
  • Decreased sexual interest and performance
  • Bowel irregularity and kidney problems


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