Spinal Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries result from trauma or damage to the spinal cord, often caused by accidents, falls, or sports-related incidents. These injuries can have life-altering effects on mobility, sensation, and overall function. Understanding the different types of spinal cord injuries is crucial to fully comprehend their impact.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Spinal cord injury symptoms vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. Common signs and symptoms of spinal cord injuries include:

Loss of sensation or movement below the level of injury.

Difficulty breathing or respiratory problems.

Loss of bowel or bladder control.

Muscle weakness or paralysis.

Changes in sexual function.

Intense pain or pressure in the back or neck.


Exploring Treatment Options

At Metropolitan Neurosurgery Brain & Spine, we understand the challenges associated with spinal cord injuries and the importance of treatment plans. We provide information on various treatment options to support your recovery journey. 

Emergency Care: Immediate medical attention, immobilization, and stabilization of the spine to prevent further damage.

Rehabilitation: Specialized programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, to regain strength, mobility, and independence.

Assistive Devices: The use of wheelchairs, braces, or other assistive devices to enhance mobility and function.

Medications: Prescription medications to manage pain, muscle spasticity, and other complications associated with spinal cord injuries.

Surgery: Surgical interventions to stabilize the spine, decompress the spinal cord, or repair fractures or herniated discs that may be contributing to the injury.


Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

  1. Complete Spinal Cord Injury: This type of injury leads to a complete loss of sensation and motor function below the level of injury.
  2. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: In this type, some motor or sensory function remains below the affected area.
  3. Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia): This injury affects the cervical region, resulting in varying degrees of impairment in the arms, legs, trunk, and pelvic organs.
  4. Paraplegia: This injury typically affects the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral region, resulting in impairment in the lower extremities, trunk, and pelvic organs.

Begin Your Journey to Recovery Today

Don’t let Spinal Cord Injuries hold you back any longer. Start your journey to recovery today by calling or requesting an appointment.
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