When you suffer a spinal injury, it is normal to think that is the completion of the problem and you can begin healing that injury. However, your spine affects every part of your body and it directly affects the back and brain. When there is an injury, swelling follows. Minor injuries begin to surface as the initial injury is being addressed.
Secondary But Significant Issues
When there is a blow to the spine, it usually moves or dislocates the vertebrae. This sets off a series of injuries that are a result of the trauma. The first thing that begins to happen is the spine compresses.
Over the next weeks or months, nerve cells begin to die. The nervous system is not getting the blood supply that is needed to remain healthy, so you begin to experience nerve damage. Swelling and inflammation continue, the blood flow is restricted, and the veins in your spine can lose function. The spine will try to compensate for the damage, but the spine is unable to heal properly. This means you could suffer permanent nerve damage and pain as well as dysfunction.
Spinal Injuries That Are Not From Trauma
There are injuries that affect the spine that are the result of a blow or impact. The three leading non-traumatic spinal cord injuries are:
- Tumors on the spine
- Degenerative disc disease
While people are prone to think an injury resulting in primary spinal trauma is the main concern, that is untrue. For every one million spinal injuries, trauma accounts for roughly 40%. At the same time, over 1200 spinal injuries are non-traumatic injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal injuries happen when the structure of the bone which encloses the spinal cord is damaged, thus causing injury and exposure of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are in fact, most often caused by trauma.
Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralyzation in varying degrees. It could mean that a person can never walk on their own again.
Perhaps the reason why we do not hear of the non-traumatic injuries as often is that there are successful treatments for those types of injuries. Science has made much progress in stopping and even reversing some physical spinal injuries. This means the majority of the patients with non-traumatic problems can expect to live a normal life.
This is especially true when the illness is found in the early stages.
Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury
There is no guessing if you have a spinal cord injury. They make themselves known very clearly. The symptoms can include any of the following symptoms and more than one at a time. They are:
- Varying degrees of paralysis
- Having trouble breathing
- Dysfunctional bladder or bowels
- The inability to eat, or swallow food.
- Chronic pain
- Loss of desire for, or ability to have sex
- Nerve pain
- Chronic muscle pain
Spinal cord injuries are very expensive. They can easily run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is very important that you contact a spinal cord injury attorney if someone injured you or caused your accident. The medical field has made major advancements in the past 30 years, but the spine is still a difficult area to treat, and the process is slow. So, prepare for a long recovery and hope for the best.
For more information, speak to our spinal cord injury attorneys today.