The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal trauma describes damage to any part of the spinal cord, as a result of a sudden blow or cut to the spine. A spinal cord injury often causes permanent loss of strength, sensation and function below the site of the injury.
While there are many causes of spinal trauma, the more common injuries happen when the area of the spine or neck is bent or compressed. This can happen as a result of a:
Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following:
While a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone, certain factors may predispose you to a higher risk, including:
Unfortunately, there's no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord. However, we can relieve pressure on the spinal cord and stabilize the spine through surgery. Call 330.835.5533 and schedule an appointment with a Summa spine specialist to explore your options.