Any damage to the spinal cord can have severe and life-altering consequences for Connecticut residents at the workplace, on the road, at school or while engaging in physical activity. Understanding, and avoiding, common causes of spinal cord injury is
Traumatic causes of spinal cord injury typically result from sudden and violent incidents, such as car accidents, falls, sports injuries or violence. The impact can damage the spinal cord, causing the nerve fibers to break or dislocate. Traumatic spinal cord injuries can result in complete or partial paralysis, depending on the severity and location of the injury.
Non-traumatic causes of spinal cord injury can result from medical conditions or diseases, including infections, tumors and degenerative diseases. These conditions can cause spinal cord compression, leading to damage or dysfunction of the nerve fibers. Non-traumatic spinal cord injuries can develop gradually over time, and the symptoms may not become apparent until the condition has progressed significantly.
In some cases, spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of medical procedures, such as surgery or injections. If the procedure is not performed correctly, it can cause damage to the spinal cord or its surrounding tissues. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and their effects can be long-lasting or permanent for sufferers.
In rare cases, genetic factors can contribute to spinal cord injuries. Some genetic disorders, such as spinal muscular atrophy or Friedrich’s ataxia, can cause damage to the spinal cord or its supporting structures, leading to spinal cord injury.
While not all spinal cord injuries are preventable, there are steps that individuals can take to reduce the risk of injury. Wearing appropriate safety gear such as helmets while participating in sports or riding motorcycles, bicycles or ATVs can prevent severe injury. Furthermore, avoiding slouching, and maintaining good posture while sitting or standing can reduce the risk of developing degenerative spinal conditions.
Regular physical activity to maintain strength and flexibility can reduce the risk of falls and other accidents. Following safe driving practices, including wearing seat belts and avoiding distracted or impaired driving can keep motorists safe on the road.
Keeping your spine healthy
Spinal cord injuries can have devastating consequences, and prevention is critical to reducing the risk of injury. By taking preventative measures, individuals can reduce their risk of injury and maintain their overall health and well-being.