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What exactly is a spinal cord injury?

Texas motorcyclists are at risk for experiencing significant injuries if they are involved in an accident. Being out in the open may be an exhilarating experience, but the lack of protection can come at a cost. Spinal cord injuries are commonly seen in motorcycle accidents. In this week's post, we are going to cover what a spinal cord injury is, including the symptoms and complications.

Simply put, a spinal cord injury is damage that occurs directly to the spinal cord or nerves in the spinal canal. Symptoms of this type of injury are usually pretty apparent, as the loss of motor function is the primary sign of damage to the spinal cord. The severity of damage is classified as complete or incomplete. Complete damage means all feelings and motor functions are lost below the injury site. Incomplete damage, on the other hand, is a partial loss of feeling or movement.

A spinal cord injury can affect several areas of a person's life. Where the injury occurs on the spinal column, along with the severity of the damage, will contribute to the type of complications seen. Common complications with this type of injury may include:

  • Loss of bladder/bowel control
  • Respiratory issues
  • Uncontrollable muscle tone problems
  • Pain
  • Sexual health concerns
  • Depression

A spinal cord injury can drastically alter the course of a person's life. Texas residents who have suffered this type of injury in a motorcycle or other type of accident, at the hands of another individual, retain the right to pursue legal action. Personal injury claims may be filed against the person or persons believed responsible. These claims, if successfully handled, can result in the recovery of any current financial losses, and provide for any future needs.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Spinal cord injury Definition", Dec. 15, 2014

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