Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur during work related accidents, motor vehicle accidents or even simple movement involved in daily activities. The severities of such injuries aren’t always apparent by the symptoms, making medical evaluation a critical step for anyone who believes they are suffering from a spinal cord injury. Medical attention is important to diagnose and treat injuries to the spine. All Pain Stop Clinics locations have the professionals to both treat and diagnose the severity of spinal injuries.
Symptoms Associated with Mild to Moderate Spinal Cord Injuries
Every body — and every injury — is unique. You know your own body, and if you think something is wrong, then it’s often a good idea to seek a medical evaluation. If you are wondering if your pain or symptoms could be associated with a spinal cord injury, some common symptoms are listed below.
- Stiffness or pain in areas of the low back, neck or upper back
- Numbness felt in the extremities
- Weakness of your hands, such as the inability to maintain a grip
- Weakness in the arms or legs
- Inability to detect cold or heat in your extremities
- Stinging sensations along the back, shoulders or neck
- Difficulty with respiratory functions, including breathing or coughing
- An unexplained limp caused by weakness or inability to properly move your foot
- Loss of or change in sexual capability
- Problems with bladder or bowel control
Many of the symptoms commonly associated with spinal cord injuries are also associated with other conditions, including chronic illnesses such as diabetes. If you have a chronic illness but you have also been involved in a workplace or motor vehicle accident, then you should never automatically assume that these symptoms are related to your illness.
Possible Signs of Severe Injury
Some signs and symptoms warrant seeking emergency medical attention. If you are unable to move any extremity, have impaired breathing or complete loss of bowel or bladder control, or have an odd twist to your neck or back, you should call a medical provider or visit an emergency center. This is especially true if any of these symptoms occur shortly after you are involved in any type of traumatic incident — even if the accident seemed minor at the time.
Other signs of a possible serious spine injury include exacerbation of any of the symptoms mentioned above or difficulty with walking and balance.
Treating Spinal Cord Injuries
Treatment associated with spinal cord injuries usually involves two levels. First, treatment consideration is given to the symptoms — particularly with regard to pain. Because spinal cord injuries can be permanent or very slow to heal, providing a higher level of comfort is critical so you can put forth the effort for recovery. Second, medical professionals work together to treat the actual injury whenever possible. Pain Stop Clinics are able to treat chronic pain caused by an injury to the spine with non-opioid based treatment options.