Are you aware of the fact that there is more than one type of spinal cord injury? With vertebrae grouped into sections, you never know what type of injury you could suffer in the event of an accident.
Here is something you need to remember: The higher the injury on the spinal cord the greater chance there is that more dysfunction will occur.
For example, high-cervical nerve damage is the most severe. These injuries impact C1 – C4, and can result in the following:
— Paralysis of the legs, arms, hands, and trunk.
— Ability to speak is often times impaired.
— Can result in either quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
— Will lead to the need for 24 hours per day personal care.
When low-cervical nerves are injured, C5 – C8, injuries are not as severe. Even so, they are very serious:
— Likely to have some type of paralysis, such as the legs, hands, or wrists.
— Will require assistance with daily living, although the use of a power wheelchair can help.
If you suffer a spinal cord injury, such as in a car accident, you will not immediately know what happened. You may realize something is wrong, but you won’t know for sure which part of your spine was damaged until the appropriate tests are conducted.
Every type of spinal cord injury is serious, which is why you need to be treated as quickly as possible. If you are involved in an accident and have any reason to believe that your spinal cord has been injured, don’t do anything. Wait for emergency help to arrive.
Source: Shepherd Center, “Levels of Injury,” accessed May 31, 2016