What portions of the spine are most vulnerable to injury?
Understandably, the lumbar spine is the most commonly injured region of the spinal column. The lowest portion of the spine, the part that is connected to the pelvis, is called the sacrum.
Which area of the spine is least likely to get injured?
It is also the least likely area for spinal nerves to compress. The sacrum is the triangle-shaped bone at the end of the spine between the lumbar spine and the tailbone. The sacral spine consists of five segments, S1 – S5, that together affect nerve communication to the lower portion of the body.
What is the most stable part of the spine?
Your thoracic spine—the upper back or mid-back region—is the most stable part of your spine. It is very stiff, and the thoracic spine has a limited range of motion.
What region of the spine is most commonly affected by trauma?
The cervical spine is located at the top of the spinal column, comprising the first seven vertebrae in the neck area. Damage to the cervical spinal cord can result in the most severe of all spinal cord injuries, potentially affecting both sides of the body.
Where in the spine do most injuries occur?
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.
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.
Is spinal cord damage permanent?
Complete spinal cord injuries are usually permanent. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may allow for some functional improvement over time.
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 are the three types of spinal cord injuries?
There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries:
What type of movement can damage the lumbar?
Injury can damage the tendons and muscles in the lower back. Pushing and pulling sports, such as weight lifting or football, can lead to a lumbar strain. In addition, sports that require sudden twisting of the lower back, such as in tennis, basketball, baseball, and golf, can lead to this injury.
What absorbs shock in the spine?
The intervertebral discs are soft structures which act as shock absorbers between each of the vertebrae (bones) in the spine. A single disc sits between each vertebra.
What does L5 S1 pain feel like?
Pain, generally felt as a sharp, shooting, and/or searing feeling in the buttock, thigh, leg, foot, and/or toes. Numbness in the foot and/or toes. Weakness in the leg and/or foot muscles and an inability to lift the foot off the floor (foot drop)