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Can you suffer a spinal cord injury without knowing it?

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2022 | Personal Injury

The human spinal cord is a tube-like structure connecting the base of the brain to the upper lumbar region via the vertebral canal. An integral part of the central nervous system, the spinal cord conducts nerve impulses to and from the brain.

Damage to the spinal cord usually affects motor control and the ability to feel sensations. Most people associate spine injuries with paralysis, but that doesn’t always occur.

An early diagnosis is critical

Symptoms associated with spinal cord damage can manifest immediately or over time. When people feel okay after a crash, they may decline emergency medical treatment. The lack of prompt care places the patient at risk of further damage to an injured spinal cord.

Those who have experienced force or trauma to the head, neck or back should undergo diagnostic imaging to rule out spine damage. Doctors typically use X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) to rule out or confirm spinal cord injuries.

Signs of a spinal cord injury

If you decline a trip to the hospital and then begin to experience the following symptoms, seek a medical evaluation:

  • Altered or loss of sensation
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Spasms or exaggerated reflexes
  • Sudden or gradual loss of movement
  • Poor or absent bladder or bowel control

Even if the damage to the spinal cord is irreversible, you still need expensive treatment and rehabilitative therapy. Ongoing care can prevent complications and keep your muscles strong and in good condition.

If your injury occurred in a negligent car crash or other accident, consider learning more about injury and accident compensation in Florida. Maximizing your restitution helps ensure that you have the money you need to pay for your ongoing health care.