Spinal cord injuries are life-changing. Your spinal cord consists of many nerves running down your spine connected to your brain stem. Damage to just one of those nerves can radiate pain to many different parts of your body. If you were in an accident and are experiencing numbness, tingling, shooting sensations, or headaches, you may have suffered a spinal cord injury.
Fractured vertebrae (VCFs) occur when the bony block or vertebral body in the spine collapses, leading to severe pain, deformity, and loss of height. These fractures more commonly occur in the thoracic spine (the middle portion of the spine), especially in the lower part.
A herniated disc gets pushed out of the annulus into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture. Discs that herniate might be in an early stage of degeneration. The spinal canal has limited space, which is inadequate for the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment. Due to this displacement, the disc presses on spinal nerves, often producing severe pain.
Some additional injuries include:
- Bulging Disc(s)
- Pinched Nerve(s)
- Spinal Stenosis
The above injuries can hurt, but some spinal cord injuries are far worse. A complete spinal injury occurs when trauma severs the spinal cord, cutting off signals from the brain to the body below the injury location. This causes total paralysis, including the loss of sensation, movement, and other functioning.
Complete spinal cord injury victims might:
- Suffer paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Lose bladder and bowel functioning
- Lose sexual functioning
- Rely on a wheelchair to move around
- Suffer muscle atrophy
- Lose respiratory functioning (for high spinal cord injuries)
Victims of complete spinal cord injuries cannot walk, and they might suffer bed sores and other complications due to being wheelchair or bed-bound. Individuals living with spinal injuries need ongoing medical care, therapy, and possible psychological treatment due to the devastating nature of their injury.
The costs of living with paralysis from a spinal injury can easily rise into millions of dollars quite quickly. You must recover financially for all past and future losses to ensure your future quality of life. Our dedicated Tampa Bay spinal injury attorneys can help and will fight for all you deserve.