The majority of people are fortunate enough to never have experienced a spinal cord injury, but those affected by spinal cord injury are aware of how devastating this event is. A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency and the patient can have a permanent and often destructive neurological disability.
The Spinal cord injury results in:
- Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence )
- Loss of bowel control (fecal incontinence )
- Loss of body function
- Complete Body Paralysis
- Loss of sensation (such as the ability to feel pain, temperature, or vibration)
- Changes in reflexes
- Muscle weakness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Diminished sweating
- Severe Back pain
Identify Signs and Symptoms Of Spinal Cord Injury
The function of spinal cord is extremely organized and any damage to the cord may result in “Complete or Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury”. In the Complete injury, a person loses control of the body below the spinal cord injury, whereas, in the incomplete injury, a person may still have some control below the affected areas.
However immediate and effective treatment can prevent a severe spinal cord complication therefore lookout for the following symptoms, and contact a medical professional for a quick diagnosis and treatment:
- Intense back pain or pressure in the head, neck, or back
- Loss of coordination
- Pain or tingling sensations in the extremities
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Numbness or loss of sensation in any part of hands, fingers, feet, or toes
- Impaired breathing after injury
- An oddly positioned head or twisted neck
Is it time to visit a doctor?
Spinal cord injuries affect life greatly and result in creating many issues if it goes untreated for a prolonged period. The various situations can range from requiring general physical care, breathing problems, and blood pressure control to becoming fully dependent, based on the level and type of injury.
At Sanjivini Hospital, we have medically advanced treatment options with state-of-the-art technology, innovative approaches, and most important of all, a team of highly patient focussed experts, who are forever ready to help the victim.
If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, it is time to consult with our spine specialists now.