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Recognizing and managing spinal cord injuries from car accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

Car accidents in Minnesota can lead to serious injuries. Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe. They can significantly disrupt your life, causing pain and mobility issues. Understanding these injuries helps you recognize symptoms and seek timely medical help.

Types of spinal cord injuries

A complete spinal cord injury results in total loss of sensation and function below the injury site. This can cause paralysis in parts of your body. Immediate medical care is crucial in these situations.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries allow some function and sensation below the injury. The extent of the injury varies, but you may retain partial movement. Rehabilitation can improve your condition over time.

Symptoms of spinal cord injuries

Recognizing symptoms of a spinal cord injury early can make a significant difference. Common symptoms include loss of movement, loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch, and loss of bladder or bowel control.

Also be aware of exaggerated reflex activities or spasms, changes in sexual function, sensitivity, and fertility, or pain with an intense stinging sensation

Preventing spinal cord injuries

While you cannot control all factors, certain measures reduce your risk by always wearing a seatbelt, ensuring proper use of airbags, and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.

Seeking medical attention

If you suspect a spinal cord injury, seek immediate medical attention. Delays can worsen the condition. Early intervention improves outcomes and aids in recovery.

Spinal cord injuries from car accidents can have long-lasting effects. Knowing the types, symptoms, and causes of these injuries helps you stay informed and prepared.