How a spinal cord injury affects the body

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | Serious injuries |

In some Connecticut car accidents, the victims suffer spinal cord injuries. The effects can be extensive and permanent for some people. It is important to understand some possible effects, the different classifications and how spinal cord injuries are different than back injuries.

Bodily effects of a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury often comes from broken vertebrae in the back that damage the spinal cord and its surrounding tissue. This type of injury affects how the brain and nerves communicate, which can lead to a variety of effects. Spinal cord injuries can reduce bladder and bowel function for some people. Also, they can affect a person’s heart rate and breathing. Sensations, reflexes and muscle movement may also be impacted. Additionally, a spinal cord injury may affect a person’s metabolism. Different medical treatments may help manage some effects.

Spinal cord injury and back injury differences

Spinal cord injuries are not the same as back injuries. When there is a back injury, it means that the spine itself or surrounding tissues are damaged. The spine includes vertebrae, which are bones. The spinal cord is inside and is protected by meninges. Spinal cord injuries may be incomplete or complete. A complete injury leaves a person totally paralyzed. With an incomplete injury, a person may still have some function. The function may be on both sides of the body or may be limited to one side.

Although automobile accidents often cause spinal cord injuries, people can sustain them from falls, sports, surgical procedures and physical harm from another person. It is important to keep all medical appointments and any recommended rehabilitative schedules.