Traumatic injuries to the spinal chord can result in a loss of mobility or feeling. In most cases, the spinal cord remains intact, but the damage results in loss of nerve function. Injuries to the neck or back may damage the spinal cord, causing loss of function of the nerves below the injury.
Spinal column fracture or dislocation resulting in spinal cord compression, such as that caused by diving into shallow water, can cause injury to the spinal cord. Severing the spinal cord results in immediate paralysis and loss of sensation below the break. Less severe damage to the spinal cord generally results in less severe loss of function.
The type and severity of spinal cord injury will determine the kinds of symptoms that emerge. Typical symptoms of whiplash injuries include headache, neck or back pain, swelling in the affected area, and bruising on the neck or back. Compression injuries, dislocation injuries, or severe whiplash may result in weakness, tingling, or numbness in the arms or legs. Other symptoms may include loss of bladder or bowel control and difficulty breathing. In the most severe cases, spinal cord injury results in total paralysis and loss of sensation below the site of damage.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the above mentioned symptoms as a result of an accident, we strongly suggest that you contact us at 604.264.5550 for a FREE CONSULTATION .