What do Spinal Cord Injuries Look Like?

Jacoby & Meyers sees injuries ranging from mild to extreme in any type of injury-causing accident. When it comes to spinal cord damage, treatments vary but can be costly. When spinal cord damage exists, diagnostic tests need to be run. Physical therapy and surgery are often needed.

Spinal cord damage can be in the form of neck pain or significant back pain, lost control over bladder functions, pain or difficulty walking and lost movement in a part of the body. Because a spinal cord injury disrupts the signals to the nerve, sometimes paralysis can occur when the movement and sensation are completely blocked. This is considered a complete injury. Paraplegia and/or tetraplegia can result which can affect different parts of the body. When there is limited movement or sensation, it is referred to as an incomplete injury.

The emergency signs of spinal cord damage include extreme pressure in the neck, head or back, numbness, tingling, weakness and incoordination in any part of the body.