Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Dec. 9, 2010
Updated: Dec. 9, 2010
Spinal cord trauma occurs when there is an injury to the spinal cord caused by fracture or dislocation of the spinal column or disc rupture.
There are many different causes of spinal cord injury including:
The symptoms may include weakness, paralysis, breathing difficulties, loss of bowel or bladder function, and pain.
Your physician will perform a physical examination, as well as order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to confirm the presence of the injury.
When someone suffers from a spinal cord trauma, it is a medical emergency. It is very important that they seek medical attention immediately following the injury.
Upon arrival to the hospital, the patient will receive treatments to try and prevent further damage to the spinal cord.
Depending on the type of trauma and severity of the spinal cord injury, the patient may need surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and restore stability to the spinal column.