Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

Spinal cord injuries are costly, life-changing and frequently permanently disabling traumas that often require the victim to pay thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses, and may result in short-term or long-term lost income.

Spinal injuries are categorized as either incomplete or complete injuries. An incomplete spinal injury causes the victim to lose nerve function and related movements of the lower body from the injury downward, which usually includes the legs and lower body organs. Complete spinal injuries result in loss of function throughout the body, upper and lower. Spinal cord injuries may also result in general loss of sensation and the ability to move.

The spine is comprised of vertebrae, or stacked doughnut-shaped bones, which fall into three basic categories: the cervical vertebrae, which are located in the neck, the thoracic vertebrae, which are connected to the ribs, and the lumbar vertebrae which are located in the lower back. Additionally, the sacrum, a triangular-shaped to bone formed of five fused vertebrae below the lumbar vertebrae is considered to be a part of the spine.

The spinal cord extends from the base of the brain all the way down to the tail bone, forming a protective pathway for communication between the brain, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous systems. Encased in the spinal canal, the nerves are damaged through their compression or severing from spinal cord injuries and these damages will permanently affect the movement of the victim. Spinal cord injuries are the result of severe trauma to the spine, and can occur from automobile collisions, injuries sustained during high-risk, high-impact sports, falls and many other sorts of accidents.

Symptoms of spinal cord injury are immediate and usually permanent. The victim may instantly loose sensation in various parts of his or her body, may lose the ability to move or may feel numbness, tingling, or pins and needles.

Other symptoms of minor, moderate and severe spinal cord injuries include shooting pains from the area of injury to other areas of the body, which can indicate compressed or damaged nerves or herniated disks, muscle contraction, spasticity or flaccidity resulting from improper communication between the brain the nerves or the sensation of heat, cold or wetness on the skin or muscles where no such conditions exist.

If you or a loved one had been the victim of a spinal cord injury that may have been caused by another person’s negligence contact an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer to assist you in recovering full monetary compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.