Does spinal cord compression affect the brain?
For some, it leads to compression of the spinal cord which can cause problems with dexterity, numbness in the hands, and the ability to walk. New research looks beyond the spinal cord injury in these patients, and found they also experience changes in the motor cortex of the brain.
How does the spinal cord affect the brain?
Spinal nerves connect the brain with the nerves in most parts of the body. Other nerves go directly from the brain to the eyes, ears, and other parts of the head. This network of nerves carries messages back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.
Can you recover from spinal cord compression?
Your doctor might not be able to give you a prognosis right away. Recovery, if it occurs, usually relates to the severity and level of the injury. The fastest rate of recovery is often seen in the first six months, but some people make small improvements for up to 1 to 2 years.
Can spinal cord compression cause permanent damage?
Without treatment, spinal cord compression can permanently damage the nerves in the spine, which can result in long-term disability. In some cases, spinal cord compression can cause paralysis.
What happens if the spinal cord is damaged?
Injuries to the spinal cord can cause weakness or complete loss of muscle function and loss of sensation in the body below the level of injury, loss of control of the bowels and bladder, and loss of normal sexual function.
What parts of the body does the spine control?
The nerves of the cervical spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These nerves coordinate and control all the body’s organs and parts, and let you control your muscles.
Can neck problems cause neurological problems?
If the syrinx grows, it can damage your spinal cord and cause painful neurological symptoms throughout the body, including weakness and numbness. In severe cases, you may lose your ability to feel heat or cold in your neck, hands, and throughout your spine.
How do you strengthen your neck and spine?
Sit in a chair with your back supported and your head in the neutral position (Figure 6). Place your hand across your forehead. Push your head and neck forward as hard as you are able while firmly resisting any movement of your head with your hand (Figure 7). Push for 10 seconds, then relax, and repeat three times.