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Spinal injuries can range in severity, but is important to have them checked out due to the large effect that the spinal cord has over the rest of the body. It is a part of the central nervous system along with the brain and it carries a number of functions.
The Anatomy of the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is an extension from the brain to the rest of the body, with nerves extending out from it to all other areas. In addition to sending and receiving signals, it controls numerous reflexes and central pattern generators. It starts at the occipital bone and this bundle of support cells and nervous tissue reaches down to the area in between the first and second lumbar vertebrae.
The Catastarophic Effect of Spinal Injury
The spinal cord is delicate and any damage to it can have a significant effect on the functional control a person has over themselves. If damage occurs to the spine through a blow or other incident, this can lead to a catastrophic spinal injury.
Spinal cord damage can be the result of the spine itself being damaged and cutting, severing, or putting pressure on the spinal cord. A "dermatome" is when a part of the skin becomes innervated in between a part of the spine. When the muscles become innervated through part of the spine, it is known as a "myotome."
Depending on the area of the spine that is harmed, the effects can vary. Different areas of the spinal cord are connected to nerves for different parts of the body. Damage to the upper spine can cause loss of feeling or mobility from the neck or trunk downard, while damage to the lower spine can cause loss of feeling or mobility to the lower body and legs.
It is most common for the largest amount of recovery to take place in the first six months, though that does not mean further healing cannot take place later on. All of these options can be extremely costly and may leave a victim and their family dealing with a financial burden on top of the harm they have already faced. If there is a responsible party it is often best to speak with a lawyer about the possibility of pursuing a claim or lawsuit.
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