Do you know what your spine does for your body?
The spine holds your entire body together. It supports your back, helps you bend, turn and move and it is a part of the system that sends messages from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. Your spine helps you feel sensation, it helps your body balance on your two feet and that is how it makes your life so much more easier.
People don’t really sit back and think about how amazingly their body parts work together making routine life convenient for them. It is only when a part of you suffers, that you are reminded about the significance of it.
Similar is the case with your spine, you don’t realise how it can impair your functions till it actually does. Your spinal column is made up of 33 bones protruding out on both sides. These little bones are known as vertebrae and they are divided into four groups based on their position in the column, which are:
- Cervical vertebrae- the vertebrae that hold your neck
- Thoracic vertebrae- the vertebrae that hold your upper back and torso
- Lumbar vertebrae- the vertebrae that hold your lower back
- Sacral vertebrae- the infused vertebrae of two bones the sacrum and the coccyx that is also known as your tailbone.
This spinal column covers and protects a bundle of nerves and tissues called the spinal cord which is responsible for sending signals from and to the brain for coordinated functioning of the body parts.
It is very important to understand that if your spinal cord sustains an injury, it is very likely for you to lose body function in parts of the body depending on the area you have sustained an injury in.
Causes of a spinal injury :
You are most likely to injure your spinal cord only because of an accident that involves jerking of the neck or back, activities like,
- Diving in a shallow pool
- Car or bike accident
- Wearing heels
- Carrying too much weight while working out
How would you understand you have a spinal injury?
- Problems walking and balancing
- Urinary and Bowel urgency and incontinence
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain, pressure, and stiffness in the back or neck area
- Unnatural positioning of the head
- Weakness, incoordination or paralysis
How is a spinal injury diagnosed?
A spinal cord injury requires CT scans, MRIs, X-rays of the spine, and
evoked potential testing, which measures how quickly nerve signals reach the brain, to be diagnosed.
How is the injury treated?
When you injure your spine, you are likely to lose function in your body, depending on which part of the spine is hurt, the injuries of the cervical vertebrae are the most severe and dangerous ones, they cost you a lot of your sensory functions and mobility. Treatments for spinal injuries include:
- Alternative, occupational, physical therapies
Can you prevent or protect yourself from these injuries?
Being careful and not landing into uncalled for trouble is the only basic protection you can give to your body. It is advisable to take all precautionary measures like, avoiding heels, putting on your seat belt, avoiding rash riding, being careful while playing etc to prevent spinal cord injuries. It is also recommended to engage in physical activity and exercise to maintain mobility and recover from injuries.
Vinn hospital has an experienced team of doctors who would be more than happy to help you recover from your conditions and be back on your feet to your routine life. We are known for our staff who are very compassionate and caring towards our patients.
You can book an appointment or visit our hospital.
About the Hospital:
Vinn Hospital has been providing comprehensive treatments and care for its patients, with the best in class doctors, specialists and support staff. Our teams and units are dedicated in their cause to ensure optimum health for all our patients. Vinn Multi Speciality Hospital has the best, state-of-the art facilities, which treat an array of diseases and disorders all under one roof
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