Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal that can often cause permanent changes in sensation, strength and contribute to impaired body functions below the site of the injury.
A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy axons -- extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
- Problems walking
- Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
- Inability to move the arms or legs
- Feelings of spreading numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Pain or stiffness in the neck area
- Signs of shock
- Sudden trauma of being in a car accident is the most common cause
- Head injuries during physical activity or sports
- Accidental falls
- Post surgery complications
- Improper body mechanic, posture for prolonged periods of time
- Diving accidents and jumping into shallow water
- A disproportionate amount of spinal cord injuries occur in males
- Being between the ages of 16-30
- Engaging in risky behavior involving water or vehicle sports
- Being older than 65-due to falls
- Having a bone or joint disorder such as arthritis or osteoporosis
TREATMENT OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES
We utilize the following approaches to help with spinal cord injuries
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time of affected areas
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation with often associated with spinal cord injuries. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.
- Training in exercises and proper body movements to assist with the recovery process and prevention of further injury