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Most common symptoms of a spinal cord injury and their treatments

Beginning at the base of the brain, the spinal cord is a bundle of nerves. The spinal column surrounds it, and it extends about 19 inches downward at the L1-L2 vertebral level. It is responsible for transmitting electrical impulses from the brain to nerves throughout the body. A spinal cord injury occurs when the vertebrae are fractured or dislocated. The spinal cord is torn by pressure or bone pieces. The brain’s messages to and from the body’s nerves and muscles are disrupted by the tearing.

It transmits and receives
Because the spinal cord operates as a two-way street, a spinal cord injury can also prevent sensory information from reaching the brain. Motor vehicle crashes, falls and sports injuries account for more than 60 percent of all spinal cord injuries.

Symptoms
Spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete. A person who suffers a complete spinal cord injury suffers a total loss of sensation and muscular function below the level of the injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury involves at least some function below the level of the injury. A few common emergency symptoms of a spinal cord injury present themselves as:

Stinging pain or pressure in the neck or back

Paralysis of part of the body

Difficulty walking or the inability to walk

Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

Difficulty breathing

Treatment
Because the spinal cord cannot mend itself, injury therapy options are restricted. The victim may be given a strong dose of steroids to minimize swelling and inflammation. Surgery will most certainly be required to stabilize the spine and remove any bone pieces. Long periods of physical therapy and rehabilitation will be required following surgery.

Since most spinal cord injuries are debilitating, expect medical bills to be staggering. A San Diego spinal cord injury lawyer can be invaluable in obtaining compensation, medical and disability benefits for the victim and enhancing the chances of reaching maximum medical improvement.

Call Mova LegalĀ if you need a San Diego Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer for a consultation.

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