A Spinal Cord Injury

A Chiropractic Care For Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord InjurySpinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. The first step in the treatment of a suspected spinal cord injury is to verify the patient is breathing and the heart is beating. The best chance for recovery of function following spinal cord injuries is through prompt treatment.

Spinal cord injury is very different from back injuries such as ruptured disks, spinal stenosis or pinched nerves. A spinal cord injury is a damage to the spinal cord that can have a lasting and significant impact on your daily life. The majority of people who sustain spinal cord injuries are young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 because of riskier behaviors.

Other complications that may result from a spinal cord injury are an inability to regulate blood pressure, low blood pressure, reduced control of body temperature, an inability to sweat that occurs below the level of injury, and chronic pain.

Spinal cord injury

Causes

Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of your vertebrae. It also may result from a gunshot or knife wound that penetrates and cuts your spinal cord.

Additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around your spinal cord. A nontraumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by arthritis, cancer, inflammation, infections or disk degeneration of the spine.

Your brain and central nervous system
The central nervous system comprises the brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord, made of soft tissue and surrounded by bones (vertebrae), extends downward from the base of your brain and is made up of nerve cells and groups of nerves called tracts, which go to different parts of your body. Check more here.

Treatment options for spinal cord injury are limited, but rehabilitation and experimental technologies have been found to help maintain or improve remaining nerve function in some people.

Spinal Cord Injury: Levels, Symptoms & Treatment

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord, the bundle of nerves that runs from the brain down the vertebral column, or disease. The injury can prevent motor signals from reaching the muscles, resulting in paralysis, or sensory information from reaching the brain. “It’s a two-way conduit,” Insinga told Live Science.

Treatment options for spinal cord injury are limited, but rehabilitation and experimental technologies have been found to help maintain or improve remaining nerve function in some people. Immediately after an accident, emergency responders immobilize the spine using a stiff neck collar and carrying board in order to transport the patient.

Maintaining blood pressure is critically important after an injury, Insinga said, because “the spinal cord heals better when it has blood flow.” A drop in blood pressure can be catastrophic, because it can extend the damage beyond where it started, he said. Other emergency treatment involves maintaining breathing ability, preventing shock, keeping the neck immobilized, and preventing complications such as blood clots. See more here.

Nevertheless, the damage caused by a spinal cord injury can be reduced by limiting immediate cell death and reducing the inflammation of the injured cord.

Spinal Cord Injury Risk Factors & Causes, Prevention, Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

There are many ways to prevent spinal cord injuries. In motor vehicles, drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts and make sure that children are properly secured in a child safety seat. Children under age 12 should always ride in the back seat. People who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not drive; nor should any passenger get into a car with an impaired person at the wheel.

Elderly people are more prone to spinal cord injuries from falls. Many modifications can be made in the home to minimize this risk, including securing banisters and railings, and installing grab bars in the bathroom, and non-slip bathmats on both the bathroom floor and the shower. Keeping floor space clear and wearing non-slip shoes can help prevent tripping.

Homes with children should be equipped with safety gates and window guards to prevent falls down stairs and out windows. Athletes can help protect themselves by wearing proper safety gear. Helmets should be worn when playing football, hockey, baseball, and softball. Bikers, motorcyclists, skiers, horseback riders, and skaters should always wear helmets as well. Read full article here.

A Person With A Spinal Cord Injury Will Impact The Person’s Life & Lifestyle

The leading causes of spinal cord injury are road traffic crashes, falls, and violence (including attempted suicide). This means that a spinal cord injury can affect every region of your body. Caring for a person who has a spinal cord injury can be both rewarding and difficult.

The effects of spinal cord injuries can vary based on the injury location. You may wonder how your spinal cord injury will affect your everyday activities, job, relationships and long-term happiness. Understanding the different levels of a spinal cord injury will help you care for your clients more effectively, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.