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Spinal Trauma

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:

  • Birth injury
  • Fall
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Sports or recreation injury
  • Violence
  • Disease

Symptoms of Spinal Trauma

Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following:

  • Loss of sensation, muscle weakness or paralysis in the trunk, arms or legs
  • A pain or stinging sensation caused by damage to nerve fibers
  • Exaggerated reflexes or spasms
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions
  • Problems with heart rate and blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility

Spinal Trauma Risk Factors

While a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone, certain factors may predispose you to a higher risk, including:

  • Being male
  • Being between the ages of 16 and 30
  • Being older than 65
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Having a bone or joint disorder

Spinal Trauma Treatment

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.

Specialists on Staff

Bradley P. Inkrott, M.D.

Matthew N. Jaykel, M.D.


Options to Request an Appointment

If your situation is an emergency, call 911.