Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves responsible for carrying impulses to and from the brain to the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury involves any kind of damage to the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal. A spinal cord injury can be life changing, as it often causes temporary or even permanent loss of sensation, strength, and function such as mobility below the site of the injury. Spinal cord injuries are the result of a direct trauma to the nerves themselves or damage to the bones, soft tissues, and vessels surrounding the spinal cord.
A traumatic spinal cord injury can occur as the result of a sudden blow to, or laceration of, the spine. In most spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is either bruised or torn, but not completely severed. There are complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries. In an incomplete injury, some functioning remains below the level of the injury. In a complete spinal cord injury, all ability to feel and voluntarily move is lost below the level of the injury. Common medical treatments can include drugs to alleviate symptoms and back surgery to stabilize the spine, but while treatment can help, this condition cannot be cured and can therefore be extremely devastating.
The ten most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Automobile accident
- Gunshot wounds
- Diving injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Falling objects
- Medical and surgical complications
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Person to person contact (usually violent)
Other causes include sports injuries and drunk driving accidents. Some symptoms that can exhibit as a result of a spinal cord injury are:
- Extreme pain in your back or neck
- Impaired breathing
- Pressure in your back, neck, or head
- Loss of balance and/or difficulty walking
- Weakness or lack of coordination or paralysis in any part of your body
- Numbness, tingling, or lack of sensation in your limbs or extremities
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Twisted neck or back
If you have suffered a serious spinal cord injury, you should know your rights. You have the right to:
- Compensation for all your medical bills related to the accident
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Compensation for lost wages or earnings
- Any assistive equipment necessary for activities of daily living
- Compensation for mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering
- Emotional support such as therapy or counseling
- Compensation for lost future earnings
- Rehabilitative therapy
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If you or a loved one have been injured and suspect you may have suffered a spinal cord injury, seek immediate medical attention. If symptoms appear at the scene of an accident, call 911 and do not attempt to move the injured person. A spinal injury may not be immediately detectable by anyone other than a qualified medical professional, and additional damage may occur over the next several days or weeks due to bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord.
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