The spinal cord is a group of nerves found within the backbone that transmits messages between the brain and body. When a spinal cord injury occurs, damage to these nerves responsible for regulating bodily functions results in partial or complete loss of movement and sensation.
Along with a brain injury, a spinal cord injury is considered one of the most serious types of injuries an individual can sustain. While medical treatment and physical therapy are costly, there may not be a chance the victim can ever live a normal life again after a spinal cord injury.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include paralysis, trauma, numbness, tingling, weakness, poor coordination, loss of bladder or bowel control, and pain and suffering. But, it’s important to note that symptoms do not always appear right away.
Victims may not start to notice these symptoms until hours after the injury occurred. If left untreated, damage to the spinal cord could lead to tumors, blood clots, or abscesses.