Saturday, November 30, 2013

Consequences Of Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body and should be protected all the time. It is the part of the body that communicates information coming from various part of the body to the brain and back. And if the spinal cord gets damaged even in the slightest way, it can permanently cripple most of an individual’s body function. Some of these consequences are:

Lack of Locomotor Movement: People who gets their spinal cords damaged tend to lose the ability to move. Basically, what happens is that their brain and body are no longer able to communicate properly leaving the person permanently disabled.

Disabled Senses: A person who experiences serious spinal cord injury may lose the capability neither to sense anything nor to even naturally respond to external stimuli. An example is that if a person suffers an upper cervical spinal cord injury then he would lose the ability to control his or her breathing and would have to depend on a ventilator or die.

Disabled Voluntary Movement: Even if the individual does his or her best to move a part of his body, provided that he is conscious and not in a comatose state, he or she will not be able to move that particular body part.

On the other hand, if the injury done to the spinal cord is not serious then the person may still be able to move a portion of the affected body parts. At the same time, light injuries will only cause the patient to experience partial motor and sensory loss and may still be able to recover with the help of constant therapy. Serious damage to the spinal cord however may even cause death and or leave the patient in a vegetable state for the rest of his or her life.

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