What symptoms might indicate a spinal cord injury?

Because the spinal cord is vital for carrying signals between the brain and the body, any injury to the spinal cord can have a significant impact on a person’s life. What should injured people and their families know about these serious injuries?

6 symptoms of spinal cord injuries

The symptoms of a spinal cord injury can vary depending on what part of the spine experienced the injury and the severity of the injury. A spinal cord injury can impact the function of any body parts below the site of the injury. As a result, spinal cord injuries can involve a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Pain or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Numbness, tingling or other differences in sensation
  • Loss of movement
  • Weakness or lack of coordination
  • Difficulty controlling bowels or bladder

Even the harm to the back or neck does not seem severe, it is important for people to seek treatment as soon as possible. Not only does immediate medical treatment help ensure that a person receives the treatment they need, it can also prevent the injury from becoming worse as a result of unchecked bleeding, swelling and other challenges.

Spinal cord injuries often require costly treatment in the aftermath of an accident. If you or someone you know has suffered a neck or back injury, seeking immediate medical care and exploring your legal options can be vital. With the right guidance and early medical care, you can protect your access to financial support.

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