Injuries of the Spinal Cord
Published on: April 23, 2021

Published By: Southwest Physical Therapy

Injuries of the Spinal Cord

The body is kept in alignment with the help of the spinal column that runs from the base of the brain to the coccyx.

The spinal column will give different parts of our body problems, including our vital organs, ­when it is out of alignment for any number of reasons. Another column of nerves runs through the center of this spinal column. The brain is connected to other nerves in the body by this column of nerves. Transmitting signals to and from the brain is what its job is cut out to be. A bunch of important secondary nerves are there that branch off from the spinal column.

Various parts of the body constantly receive transmitted signals from all of these branches. The spinal cord’s main control panel is the brain. If at, let’s say, exit 7 of a major highway there is a car accident, then other vehicles won’t be able to pass and there can be a buildup of traffic until the accident is cleared, so everything below exit 7 will be affected. This accident can sometimes be permanent, such as a severed spinal cord that causes paralysis for the rest of the person’s life.

Numerous reasons exist for a spinal cord injury. It can be due to a compression fracture, whiplash, or blunt trauma to the back. Our bones often become weak or brittle as we age, and the vertebrae in the spinal column are no exception. Damage can be caused by these deteriorating vertebrae to the spinal cord running inside of it. It could be the case that someone has a nervous system disorder. A degenerative disc disease or herniated disc can bring about a spinal injury.

Tingling in the hands and feet, numbness, and other problems in our body can be created by damage to the spinal cord nerves. Severe pain and swelling of the surrounding tissue can be caused by spinal cord injuries. A spinal cord injury can cause incontinence of the bladder and bowel if it is in the right area, as well as cause paralysis below the impact of injury. A spinal cord injury can cause death, depending on its severity and location. This is why it is vitally important to one’s recovery that x-rays and an assessment with trained professionals at a trauma center be done as soon as possible following injury.

Prevention is the best way to help prevent a spinal cord injury, such as always wearing your seat belt in a moving car. An excellent preventative measure against a spinal cord injury is to always wear a helmet while on a bicycle, skateboard, or motorcycle. Always think about your spinal cord and head when you’re doing extreme sports, and know that the number one route to take should always be prevention.­ 

Physical therapy helps keep your spine healthy and prevent injury to it. The great thing is that you can always find physical therapy near you. Your friendly neighborhood Southwest Physical Therapy works wonders with myofascial release therapy, so you are very fortunate that we are your physical therapy clinic near you in the Big Apple’s Brooklyn, NY. Call us TODAY for your FREE phone consultation and book your appointment. Or just drop on in – for we’re family and you won’t be interrupting nor get kicked out. Seriously, you’ve suffered enough already with your condition that we can resolve. Come and get the pain relief and improved mobility you’ve been dreaming about!

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