Staten Island Spinal Cord Injury Prevention and Care
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
It is important to take precautionary steps to avoid spinal cord injuries. Between public & private pools, everybody out on the road, water sports, dirt bikes, road bikes, ATV's creates a rise in danger for suffering from injuries including spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury is when damage is caused to nerve roots or myelintated fiber tracks that carry signals to and from the brain. The type of severity and classification of the spinal cord injury effects the symptoms that a person experiences from a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury is usually classified by doctors as either a complete spinal cord injury or an incomplete spinal cord injury. A complete spinal cord injury is if all sensory and motor function is lost below the neurological level. An incomplete spinal cord injury is if you have some sensory or motor function below the affected area.
When you are out this summer no matter what you are doing remember to try to steer clear of injuries, especially spinal cord injuries, but sometimes spinal cord injuries occur by accident or due to another person's negligence. Here are a list of symptoms to try to help you determine if you have a spinal cord injury or not:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
- A change in sexual function, sensitivity or fertility
- Pain or intense stinging sensation in spinal cord
- Difficulty coughing, breathing or clearing secretions from your lungs
If you have a spinal cord injury or if you believe you may have a spinal cord injury it is important to go to a hospital as soon as possible so you can be properly examined.
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