What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is a common spinal injury that can cause significant pain and discomfort. Understanding the condition, its causes, symptoms, and treatment options can help individuals seek appropriate medical care and legal assistance if the injury results from an accident or negligence.

Understanding the Spine and Discs

The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae, stacked one on top of the other. Between each vertebra lies a disc, which acts as a cushion to absorb shocks and allow for flexibility. Each disc has a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus and a soft, gel-like center known as the nucleus pulposus.

Causes of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc occurs when the annulus fibrosus is damaged or torn, allowing the nucleus pulposus to protrude out. This can happen due to:

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Symptoms vary depending on the location and severity of the herniation. Common symptoms include:

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing a herniated disc typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans. Treatment options may include:

If you suffer from a herniated disc due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Ryan Orsatti Law, we specialize in personal injury law and can help you navigate the legal process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our experienced attorneys understand Texas personal injury law and can assist you in building a strong case. Whether your injury resulted from a car accident, workplace incident, or any other negligent act, we are here to help.

For more detailed information about herniated discs and related legal cases, you can refer to authoritative sources such as the Mayo Clinic and WebMD.


A herniated disc can be a debilitating condition, but with proper medical treatment and legal assistance, you can manage your symptoms and protect your rights. If you or a loved one has suffered a herniated disc due to an accident, don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Orsatti Law for a free consultation.