Spinal cord injuries affect more people than one might think. With technological advances it become easier to detect these issues earlier on, making treatment and prevention more attainable. If you or someone you know has suffered from spinal cord injury, you can seek support by reaching out to organizations like The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure (FSCIPCC). A support group will allow you to learn from others that have been through a similar situation.
Since most spinal cord injuries are “accidental”, it is more difficult to prevent than other health issues. For example, you can help prevent diabetes by eating right and exercising, but you can not as easily prevent a vehicle accident from occurring. Many spinal cord injuries occur by vehicle accidents, sports injury, acts of violence, and accidents at the work place. It is important that any spinal cord injuries are reported so that regulations are improved to ensure the safety of others.
In simple terms, a spinal cord injury is any damage done to the spinal cord that results in a loss of mobility or functionality of the spine. If you believe that you may have suffered a spinal cord injury, make an appointment to see a specialist right away. The spinal cord is a vital part of the Central Nervous System and serves as the foundation of the entire upper body. The spinal cord extends from the brain all the way down to the waist area. Obviously, any severe injury to this area can lead to loss of feeling and paralysis
The Effects of Spinal Cord Injury
The effects of the injury often depend on the specific location of the injury along the spine. The spine can be broken down to 4 main parts. This is a very simplified description; if you need more information please consult a spine specialist.
Cervical – Injuries to this region (neck) often result in loss of arm and hand control, and difficulty breathing
Thoracic – Injuries to the thoracic region often result in loss of control of the chest, torso and abdominal area
Lumbar – Injuries to the lumbar region often result in loss of control of the legs
Sacral – Injuries to sacral region often result in issues with the bladder and sexual abilities
If you are dealing with spinal cord injuries, it is important that you remain positive. Seek the support to help you need, not only to reduce your pain but to make sure you stay on track with the emotional and physical healing process.
Written By: Updated: November 17,2011