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Traumatology

Spinal-cord-injury

Spinal-cord-injury
The Spinal Cord is a bunch of nerves that go down the middle of our back and transmits signals back and forth between our body and our brain. We're able to feel pain and move our bodies because of this communication.

A Spinal Cord Injury is an injury to any section of the spinal cord that disrupts all the signals and communication between our body and our brain. Spinal Cord Injuries begins with a heavy impact that fractures or disjoints our vertebrae. Most injuries could cause damage when parts of vertebrae rip into cord membranes or push down on the nerves. 
 

How do Spinal Cord Injuries normally occur?

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Acts of violence
  • Sports
  • Diseases such as Cancer, Arthritis or Osteoporosis
How do Spinal Cord Injuries normally occur?
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury:

Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal Cord Injuries could be complete or incomplete. 
  • Complete Spinal Cord Injury, all sense, and all ability to move are lost; all the spine are paralyzed. 
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury, you have some sensory function.

Your Health Care BlueNetHospitals Team will perform several tests to determine the neurological level of your injury.


Spinal Cord Injuries may result in one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
  • You can not control your bowel or bladder
  • Spasms
  • Severe pain caused by injury to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of shock
  • Headaches

Diagnostics
  • CT scans
  • MRIs
  • X-rays of the spine

Prevention

A Spinal Cord Injury always is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment could reduce long-term harmful effects. 

Treatments could include medicines, braces to stabilize the spine, or surgery. 

Be safe!

 

Avoid your risk of a Spinal Cord Injury with these tips:
  • Drive safely
  • Always wear a seatbelt while in a car
  • Wear proper protective equipment while playing sports
  • Never dive into water unless you've measured it
  • Prevent falls
  • Don't drink and drive