SPINAL CORD INJURIES
The spinal cord permits you to move, to feel and to regulate body functions, such as breathing. In the U.S., there are a reported 18,000 (confirm) new spinal cord injuries suffered each year.
A spinal cord injury impacts strength, sensation and bodily functions below the site of the injury. This is why a quadriplegic will lose these functions when the spinal cord is injured in the neck region.
TYPES OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Complete: The loss of virtually all feeling and movement below the injury.
Incomplete: Although feeling and movement are impacted, they are not completely lost.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY
- Loss of motor strength.
- Loss of sensation.
- Numbness and tingling in one or more of the extremities.
- Intense neck or back pain.
- Loss of bowel or bladder function.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center indicates there are almost 300,000 people in the U.S. alone who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Car accidents, falls, and medical or surgical errors are leading causes of spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can be diagnosed by CT and MRI imaging. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance of a favorable outcome.