Spinal injuries are common and mostly happen due to tragic falls and accidents. Spinal injuries can occur in any part of the spine, and the symptoms experienced usually depend on the area of the spine affected. This blog post highlights the essential things to know about spinal injuries. If you have sustained a spinal injury, you should contact a spine specialist to help you. 

What are Spinal Injuries?  

Spinal injuries are injuries to the spinal cord or vertebrae. 

They occur when there has been damage to the vertebrae in your spine. The spinal cord houses nerves that allow the brain to communicate with the rest of your body. If you have a spinal injury, you may experience pain in your back, legs, arms, or other body parts.

These injuries may be sustained from accidents, falls that impact these regions, or fails from surgeries 

Types of Spinal Injuries 

There are different types of spinal injuries, and they can affect people differently. 

Compression fractures are a common type of spinal injury when the spine sustains sudden and forceful impact. It happens due to accidents and other such traumatic events. It usually damages the front vertebrae, while the back sometimes remains stable. Spinal cord contusions also occur due to force trauma on the spine. Sometimes these injuries cause paralysis, but sometimes they do not. If a spinal cord injury causes no paralysis, it is a non-paralyzing injury.  A non-paralyzing injury may damage one or more nerves in your spine and cause pain throughout your entire body. A paralyzing injury, on the other hand, causes damage to all four vertebrae in your spine, which can cause muscle weakness and loss of bladder control as well as numbness in extremities. 

The broad categories for these are complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries. 

  • Complete spinal injuries occur when the spinal cord is permanently damaged. However, its effects on movement are different. For example, if you have a spinal cord injury in the cervical region, it may lead to paralysis. Impact on another region may affect your movement below the waist.
  • Incomplete spinal injuries, however, impede the ability of the brain to communicate perfectly with the body. This means that the spinal cord is not entirely compromised. As a result, movement may only be compromised on one side of the body while the other retains function. 

With the advancement of research, it is now easier to treat spinal cord injuries. Damage to the spine that may have caused complete paralysis in the past is now responsive to interventional methods 

What To Do About Spinal Injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal injury, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. If you have already done this, you may be referred to a spine specialist. Your physician will evaluate the extent of the damage to your spine. Surgery might be necessary to stabilize you and prevent further deterioration. You may need physical therapy and some other interventional treatment options to restore bodily function and bring you back to total health. 

Lakeshore pain and Spine Center is a top provider of advanced pain and spine treatments. With our personalized and comprehensive treatment plans, you can expect recovery and extended relief from pain. Speak to our specialist here.