Frequent question: What signs and symptoms might indicate the presence of a spinal cord injury?

Which of the following signs would indicate a spinal cord injury?

Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck, head or back. Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of your body. Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes. Loss of bladder or bowel control.

What are the 6 P’s related to spinal cord injury?

The “6 P’s” are: pulselessness, (ischemic) pain, pallor, paresthesia, paralysis or paresis, and poikilothermia or “polar” (cool extremity).

What happens when 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 are the symptoms of spinal problems?

What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

  • problems walking.
  • loss of control of the bladder or bowels.
  • inability to move the arms or legs.
  • feelings of spreading numbness or tingling in the extremities.
  • unconsciousness.
  • headache.
  • pain, pressure, and stiffness in the back or neck area.
  • signs of shock.
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Can a spinal cord injury go unnoticed?

Low-impact trauma occurring in the setting of minor accidents such as falling from a standing position or from the height of a few steps can cause a cervical spinal cord injury leading to subsequent CA. Traumatic cervical spinal cord injury secondary to low-impact trauma may go unnoticed in patients with CA.

Which spinal nerves affect which parts of the body?

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.

How do you tell if lower back pain is muscle or disc?

The lower back and neck are the most flexible parts of your spine, and they’re also where most herniated discs occur. While pain in your mid-back may be related to a disc, it’s more likely caused by muscle strain or other issues. Your symptoms feel worse when you bend or straighten up from a bent position.

What can cause spinal cord pain?

What causes upper and middle back pain?

  • Overuse, muscle strain, or injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine.
  • Poor posture.
  • Pressure on the spinal nerves from certain problems, such as a herniated disc.
  • A fracture of one of the vertebrae.

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%).

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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 is the difference between spinal injury and spinal cord injury?

The primary difference between spinal cord injuries and spinal column injuries is that in spinal cord injuries some degree of paralysis is present.