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Understanding spine injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2023 | Automobile Accidents

Spinal injuries are some of the most life-altering conditions that California residents can face following an accident. A spinal cord injury results from damage to the spinal cord or any of its nerves.

Symptoms of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can lead to symptoms including changes in:

  • Sensation
  • Body function
  • Strength

This typically affects the area below the point of injury. Spinal cord injuries that affect the nerves are especially traumatic because human nerve cells do not regrow or heal following an injury. In many cases, the effects of severe spinal injuries from motor vehicle accidents will be permanent.

How a damaged spinal cord affects victims

Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, including quadriplegia. Symptoms could include losing motor function and feeling in the hands, legs, arms, and pelvic organs. Paraplegia typically affects the lower spine, impairing the function of pelvic organs, legs, and parts of the trunk.

Damaged nerves can lead to spasms or exaggerated reflexes. A person may experience intense burning or stinging sensations and loss of bowel or bladder control. Difficulty breathing, changes in sexual function and loss of movement are all potential side effects of accident-related spinal cord injuries.

Ruptured or herniated disks

The disks in your spine have a solid perimeter and a soft inner core. The harder exterior offers protection. In a car accident, massive jerks and jolts can cause the soft inner core to break through the outer perimeter. This is called a herniated disk. Herniated disks can lead to severe pain and loss of sensation or motor function. Even minor car accidents can lead to major spinal issues.

Accident-related spinal injuries can leave a person with pain and serious medical bills. They are serious injuries that can permanently impact a person’s quality of life. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in an auto collision, please contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah today for a free consultation.