Spinal Trauma and Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury results from trauma to the spinal cord. Precipitating factors include accident, sports injury, fall or other traumatic incidents. Spinal cord injuries may either be acute or slowly progressive. Symptoms may worsen over time if left untreated. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as the injury occurs or is identified.
Depending upon the nature and location of the injury, signs and symptoms may vary.
Common signs and symptoms may include:
● Intense pain along the spine
● Loss of mobility
● Localized paralysis
● Loss of sensation
● Inability to feel heat or cold
● Bladder or bowel incontinence
● Sexual dysfunction
● Difficulty breathing