Which part of the spine is most often injured?
The lumbar spine contains 5 vertebral bones that form a lordotic curve (same as the cervical spine) and run through the lower back. The lumbar spine is more mobile than the thoracic spine yet also carries more weight, making it the most likely region of the spine to become injured and painful.
What is the most common level of spinal cord injury?
SCI typically affects the cervical level of the spinal cord (50%) with the single most common level affected being C5 (1). Other injuries include the thoracic level (35%) and lumbar region (11%).
What section of the spinal cord suffers the most injuries and why?
Spinal cord injuries affect the site of the injury and below it. As such, cervical spinal nerve injuries tend to be the most severe type of spinal cord injury. Injury of the C1 to C6 nerves will likely result in quadriplegia, or paralysis that affects the arms and legs.
Where do most spinal injuries occur in water?
Spinal injuries can occur in the water, typically when a person’s head has collided with a hard surface (for example, diving into shallow water). Most aquatic spinal injuries occur in the area of the neck due to the bending of the neck on impact (flexion).
What parts of the body can be paralyzed from a spinal injuries?
Also known as quadriplegia, this means that your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury. Paraplegia. This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.
Which area of the spine is most at risk for traumatic injury?
The cervical spine encompasses seven vertebrae and serves as a protection to the spinal cord. The segment of the spine most susceptible to injury is the cervical spine based on its anatomy and flexibility.
Can the spinal cord repair itself?
Unlike other parts of your body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself if it is damaged. A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord either from trauma, loss of its normal blood supply, or compression from tumor or infection.
How long does it take to walk after spinal cord injury?
The time period a patient needs to rehabilitate depends on the patient’s injury and ability to heal. Some patients can take a few weeks to regain the ability to walk, while others take several months or longer.
What is a complete spinal injury?
A complete spinal cord injury means that the nerves below the point of injury cannot communicate at all with the brain anymore. This leads to paralysis below the location of the injury.
What are the two main commonly injured areas of the spine?
The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas. SCI is a common cause of lifelong (permanent) disability and death in children and adults. The spine has 33 vertebrae.
How do I know if my spine is out of alignment?
Possible signs that your spine is out of alignment include:
- chronic headaches.
- lower back pain.
- neck pain.
- knee pain.
- hip pain.
- frequent illnesses.
- excessive fatigue.
- numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
Is spinal cord damage permanent?
Complete spinal cord injuries are usually permanent. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may allow for some functional improvement over time.