A spinal cord injury is usually caused by a sudden blow to the spine in which the vertebrae is fractured or dislocated.
Instead of severing the spinal cord completely, most injuries are more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae.
Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with spinal cord injuries. Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty controls your bladder or bowels
- Pain at the site of injury
- Tingling sensations
- Difficulty breathing without assistance
- Sleep apnea
- Bed sores
- Metal health issues
- Increased vulnerability to skin infections and obesity
What are Common Treatment Options For Spinal Cord Injuries?
Respiratory complications are often associated with severe spinal injuries. About 1/3 of those with injuries to the neck area will require breathing aids and respiratory support.
Rehabilitation programs combined with physical therapy and skill-building activities are often included in a patient’s treatment plan. Because spinal cord injuries are often serious, and dramatically changes the quality life of the injury victim and their families it’s important to carefully consider your legal options.