Spinal Cord Injuries Should Not Be Ignored
February 07, 2017
The spinal cord is one of the most important organs. Without it, there would be no information from the brain to other parts of the body and vice-versa. In fact, the spinal cord and our brain make up the central nervous system. So it stands to reason that you shouldn't ignore a spinal cord injury or myelopathy.
What happens after a spinal cord injury?
A spinal injury can lead to the loss of physical sensation, which can affect mobility. Loss of feeling or sensation and movement below the injury can be complete or incomplete.
Some causes of spinal cord injuries:
Traumatic injury to back, face, neck, head or chest
Forceful twisting of the middle part of the body
Spinal cord diseases such as polio
Symptoms of Spinal Injuries or Complications
Loss of consciousness or shock
Unusual placement or positioning of the head
Spine Injury Emergencies
Never move anyone you suspect of suffering a spinal injury. Keep the person still and calm until help arrives. You should leave the person’s head and neck in the position where you found them, because unnecessary movement may cause more complications and may dislocate a vertebrae.