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Functional Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injuries
Functional Outcomes in Spinal Cord Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. The biggest question often posed is whether or not the patient will walk again.  In general, the level of spinal cord injury and the ASIA impairment scale predict functional outcomes.  Factors like other illnesses often affect the functional outcome of the patient.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-cervical-spine-front-image196847As a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer, I have represented many people over the years who have suffered horrible spine injuries.  Injures to the spinal cord can be devastating both to those who have suffered the trauma, as well as their loved ones.

Next Generation Wheelchairs Helps People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Lower Back Injuries and the Long-Term Consequences

Dysphagia Post Cervical Spinal Fusion

Severe injury to the neck may require a surgical intervention called cervical spinal fusion.  This surgery joins damaged vertebrae in the cervical spine.  How this surgery is accomplished depends on your particular injury and the surgeon.  The cervical spinal fusion may entail one or a more of the following scenarios:

Types of Injuries Associated with Falls

Common  Fractures after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Common Fractures occur in Motor vehicle accidents with high-velocity impacts. There can be  fractures to many different bones throughout the body.  Often, fractures can be found from head to toe, depending on where the impact was and where the individual was located in the vehicle.  Those passengers or the driver with an airbag tend to suffer less from head, neck,  and chest fractures but they are still possible, especially if the individual isn’t seat-belted properly.

When a person has spinal pain, plain film x-rays can be done that will show the outline of the bone and will detect the presence of bone spurs in facet joint disease. Discs, however, are made of soft tissue and are not detected on plain films. Plain films can, however, show narrowing of the disc space as is seen in degeneration of the discs.

A CT scan or MRI scan of the body can show a great many more things than a plain x-ray. These can show disc material impinging upon the spinal cord or on the spinal nerves. They can also show the presence of bone spurs at the level of the facet joints.

Spinal Anatomy

The spine consists of 33 separate bones that are carefully stacked one on top of the other. There are multiple muscles and ligaments that keep the bones in their correct alignment so that the spine can be the main supporting portion of the body. It allows for being able to bend, twist, and stand upright, and it protects the spinal cord from damage by creating a cage around it with various processes in the vertebrae.