You were involved in a serious car crash a few days ago, and it left you with damage to your L1 disc. Fortunately, this kind of injury is rarely considered to be life-threatening, but it has been a painful few days. Though it looks like you’ll soon be released from the hospital, this injury is still going to have a significant impact on your life and how you live it.

The anatomy of the spine is sectioned into four parts including the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and pelvic region. The L1 disc is located in the lumbar region, which is in the lower section of your back. With an injury to the L1 vertebrae, you may notice a loss in the ability to flex the hips. You may also have paraplegia with this injury if the vertebrae and spinal cord are damaged significantly.

With damage to this region, you may also notice some issues with a loss of sensation in the legs, bladder issues and bowel problems. Every case is different, so your medical provider will need to perform an exam to see the extent of the injury and to determine which treatments may help. They may also be able to help you understand how this injury could affect you moving forward, which is something that you will also want to share with your attorney if you plan to file a personal injury case against a party who harmed you.

Your injury should be taken seriously, and those who caused them should be held responsible. This can be a life-altering injury, and you should be able to seek compensation that will help you get the medical care and support you need while you recover and stabilize.