Spinal cord injuries occur when there is damage to the nerves in your spinal cord as a result of a car accident, slip and fall or other accident. Once you sustain a spinal cord injury, it will usually cause permanent changes in your body.
The symptoms of spinal cord injuries can depend on how severe the injury is. A spinal cord injury can result in extreme pain, weakness or loss of coordination, paralysis, numbness or loss of sensations in your hands and feet, loss of bladder and bowel control.
The spinal cord is a very sensitive extension of the brain and is as important of a bodily function as the brain and heart. It is in charge of thoughts, sense and ability to physically move. The spinal cord works separately from the brain and controls movements of the muscles as well as transmitting signals to our sweat glands, which is amazing at only .6 inches in diameter.
When damage has been made to the spinal cord, there is no way to reverse it but focusing on treatment to prevent more damage and help you be comfortable is the main goal. Once you have been seen by your doctor or local hospital and a thorough examination along with imaging is completed, a treatment plan will be put into place to ensure your needs are met.