Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord trauma refers to damage to the spinal cord. It may be caused due to direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly by a disease of the surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels.

Common Symptoms

An injury to the spinal cord can result in weakness and loss of feeling. Its symptoms can be Increased muscle tone, Sensory changes, Pain, Weakness, paralysis

Causes

The injury can be caused by Assault, Falls, Gunshot wounds, Industrial accidents, Motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries

How to Prevent It

It is best to prevent yourself from getting hurt. Few things which you can do to reduce the risk of getting a spinal cord injury

  • Keep your house clean. Avoid furniture or fixture which may lead to hazardous falls, especially for children and older adults (e.g., a slippery mat. A child may fall while running, or an elderly may fall while walking)
  • Do not walk or run on a wet floor or when cleaning. Having a wet floor may lead to fatal accidents.
  • Maintain an ergonomic level when using gadgets like Television, computers, laptop, or mobile phones.
  • Do not move the position of a person who has fallen and suspects that it has led to a spinal cord injury. Moving someone may further aggravate their damage. Seek medical help.
  • Always wear a seat belt while driving and a helmet while riding a bike. Safety should be your priority over style.
  • Never drive when you are drunk, even if you feel you can go without any problem.
  • Do not use a mobile phone while you are on the road.
  • Never push anyone into the water.
  • Do not dive into the swimming pool with less water. It should have at least 10-12 feet of deep water.
  • Always keep a close eye on small children playing in the garden. They always like to jump, climb, and run. A fall can lead to severe spinal cord injuries.

Treatment

The injury in the Spinal cord injury is a medical emergency and needs immediate medical attention. The treatment can help the patient gain the skills needed to be more self-sufficient. In this critical condition, visit the physiotherapy expert near you.