Injuries to the spinal column are some of the most devastating, and they occur at alarming rates with 17,000 victims every year. This type of injury involves a damaged spinal column, which can result in loss of motor functions and/or feeling. Such catastrophic injuries don’t just cause pain to the victim but also the family and friends who have to deal with the aftermath. Learning the different kinds of spinal cord injuries helps a victim or a relative to understand the damages.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord are categorized as incomplete or complete.
Incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to a situation where the column is only partially severed, which means that an individual can have some motor functions. They include;
Anterior column fracture – the damage occurs to the front of the vertebra leading to impairment of the sensory and motor systems. Some feeling may remain, but mobility is a problem.
Central column fracture – injury to the center section of the vertebra, which is responsible for spine stability and disc support. The damaged spinal column affects the nervous system leading to paralysis of the arms, loss of fine motor skills, and compromised movement in the legs.
Brown –Sequard syndrome – occurs when the damage to the spinal cord is localized to one side. For this reason, impairment may be one-sided to either the left or right of the body.
Complete spinal cord injuries occur when there is a total separation of the spinal column, causing loss of all functions.
Spinal cord injuries also vary depending on the type of paralysis. Tetraplegia or quadriplegia is the most severe and is caused by damage to the cervical spine. Besides impaired movement, an individual may lose control over bowel activities and respiration. Paraplegia is when the lower half of the body loses all feeling and movement. Triplegia is when one arm and both legs lose sensation and mobility.
Personal injury lawyers from Mova Law Group have worked with different types of spinal injury cases and will know how to handle your specific problem. Whether it’s a medical mistake, fall, or auto accident, call us for quality representation.
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