Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
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The causes of SCI are numerous. The more frequent accidents include the spine or neck being bent or crushed, as in the following situations:
- Car collisions (automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs and being struck as a pedestrian)
- Athletic injuries
- Diving mishaps
- Violence (gunshot or stab wounds) (gunshot or stab wounds)
- Infections that result in spinal cord abscesses
- Birth defects, which typically damage the neck region of the spinal cord
No matter the cause, spinal cord damage affects the nerve fibers that travel through the affected area and may completely or partially disable the muscles and nerves below the site of the injury.
Your torso, legs, bowel and bladder control, and sexual function can all be impacted by a thoracic or lumbar injury. The same areas are impacted by a neck (cervical) injury, in addition to your arm movements and sometimes your breathing.
Effects of Spinal Cord Injury:
In general, the severity of the symptoms increases with the level of the spinal cord injury. The respiratory muscles and capacity to breathe are impacted, for instance, by injuries to the neck, the first and second vertebrae of the spinal column (C1, C2), or the mid-cervical vertebrae (C3, C4, and C5). The nerve and muscle control of the bladder, colon, legs, and sexual function may be impacted by a lower damage to the lumbar vertebrae.
- Loss of function in the arms and legs, known as quadriplegia.
- Loss of function in the lower body and legs, known as paraplegia.
The following are the most typical signs of severe spinal cord injuries:
- Muscle tremors and seizures
- Hands and feet may experience numbness, tingling, lack of sensation, or changes in sensation.
- Back, neck, or head pain or pressure
- Loss of range of motion
- Full or partial paralysis
- Unnatural head or spine postures
- Lack of bowel and bladder control.
- Difficulties in walking
- Trouble breathing
- Sexual dysfunction.
SCI symptoms can resemble those of other illnesses or issues.
Statistics regarding spinal cord injuries
- According to a study published in The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, falls were to blame for 43% of newly reported spinal cord injuries in Ontario.
- Car accidents account for almost half of traumatic spinal cord injury. In the same study quoted above, it was shown that 43% of newly diagnosed spinal cord injuries in people 40 years of age or younger were caused by automobile accidents.
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