Spinal Cord Injuries Often Cause Major Damage
A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious types of injuries a person can suffer. In cases of either complete or partial paralysis, it’s devastating. Victims can face shortened life spans and the loss of both voluntary and involuntary bodily functions. Spinal cord injuries can include paraplegia, quadriplegia, herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and nerve impingement. One of the most common spinal cord injuries following automobile accidents is a herniated disc or discs.
Spinal discs are round cushions that act as shock absorbers between your spine’s vertebrae. They have a fibrous outer casing and a jelly liquid inside. When a disc bulges, ruptures, or herniates, the liquid or the disc itself can bulge out and put pressure on the big nerve coming out of the part of the spine. That is why doctors always ask you about whether you have numbness or tingling in your arms or legs as they are trying to figure out if a nerve is compressed and where. Even if a nerve is not compressed, one can still feel pain in and around the area. This is due to muscle spasms that try to stabilize the hurt area.