Imagine a spinal cord injury and back pain will immediately come to your mind. But according to our Stoke on Trent chiropractor, hitting the top of the “ouchness” scale doesn’t necessarily mirror the extent of damage to your spine.
Think about it; your spinal cord is made up of a bundle of tissues and nerves that are contained and protected by your spine. Vertebrae sit stacked on top of each other and extend all the way from the base of your brain towards your buttocks. Responsible for sending messages from your brain to all parts of your body, your spine is an incredibly large and complex structure. If you sustain an injury to your spinal cord, some of these messages or impulses may not be able to “communicate” with certain parts of your body. The result is a loss of sensation and mobility below the injury. For instance, a spinal cord injury close to the neck will typically cause paralysis throughout a larger part of the body than one in the lower back area.
There are a wide range of symptoms associated with injury to the spinal cord, some of which many people are unaware of.
These warning signs and symptoms include:
- Walking difficulties
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Loss or reduced mobility in the arms or legs
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Loss of consciousness
- Pressure and stiffness in the back or neck
- Unnatural head position
Although some people lead full lives after recovering from a spinal cord injury, a large proportion of those affected by such a trauma are left with permanent – and often very serious – damage.
Being aware of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury is absolutely critical to maintaining your back health.
Most spinal cord injuries are often due to unpredictable events, such as being in a road traffic accident or suffering a sports-related injury. Some risk-reducing measures include:
- Always wearing a seat belt while travelling in a car (that includes the back seat)
- Ensuring that you wear suitable protective gear while playing sports
Always wearing an appropriate helmet while driving a motorcycle or riding a bicycle
Being aware of the importance of your spine will provide you with the knowledge to better look after it. After all, we can’t control the unexpected, but we can be prepared for it.
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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