The signs, causes and level of a spinal cord injury

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The signs, causes and level of a spinal cord injury

| Jan 15, 2021 | Catastrophic Injuries & Death |

Some injuries may be easy to recover from. Unfortunately, some accident victims in Texas suffer injuries that impact them for the rest of their lives. A catastrophic incident could lead to a severe injury that impacts the victim’s quality of life. Requiring ongoing medical care, treatment and rehabilitation. While it is possible to still lead a normal life following an injury to the spinal cord, the impacts of the accident could last the rest of his or her life.

Signs

Although it may be initially clear that an accident victim suffered an injury in an accident, it may not be apparent that the injury is a spinal cord injury. Depending on the severity of the injury an dhow long ago it occurred, there are certain signs that indicate that an individual suffered an injury to his or her spinal cord. These signs and symptoms include the paralysis or weakness in any area of the body, intense pressure or pain in the head, neck or back, loss of feeling or tingling in the feet, toes, hands or fingers, abnormally bent neck or back, problems walking, trouble with balance, the inability to control bladder or bowels and difficulty breathing.

Causes and types

While a tumor, infection, arthritis or inflammation could lead to damage of the spinal cord, it is more common for spinal cord injuries to be the result of an incident, such as a car accident. In the accident, one’s vertebra could be dislocated, fractures or dislocated, resulting in damage to nerve cells. This ultimately cause the communication between the body and the brain to be impacted

There are two types of spinal cord injuries. Each type indicates the level of impact the injury has on the individual and how much control of their body is lost. With a complete spinal cord injury, this means the individual can no longer feel or control any part of their body that is below the injury site. An incomplete spinal cord injury is when the individual still has some sensation and control below the injury site. For these individuals, there is a greater chance at regaining some function with proper treatment and rehabilitation.

Navigating life after a serious accident can be challenging. Not only is a victim attempting to heal and re-learn much of their everyday tasks, but they are also faced with the trauma and damages from the accident itself. Thus, a personal injury action could aid in the efforts to offset the physical, mental, emotional and financial damages caused by the incident.