Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord trauma refers to damage to the spinal cord. It may be caused due to the direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly from disease of the surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms may vary depending on the location of the injury. An injury to spinal cord results into weakness and loss of feeling at, and below the injury. Its symptoms are:
- Increased muscle tone
- Loss or normal bowel and bladder control
- Sensory changes
- Weakness, paralysis
Spinal cord trauma can be caused by a number of injuries to the spine, including:
- Gunshot wounds
- Industrial accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries (particularly diving into shallow water)
Spinal cord injury is a kind of medical emergency that needs immediate medical attention. The goal of rehabilitation at Max Healthcare is to maximize the patient's functions and to help the patient return as an active participant in the community. Rehabilitation can help the patient gain the skills needed to be more self-sufficient.
Adaptive equipment, such as braces, walkers and communication devices, help patients and their families manage day-to-day challenges that accompany a spinal cord injury.