Personal injury accidents can cause trauma and pain to different parts of victims’ bodies. Depending on how they are hurt and where the injuries occur, victims can suffer harm that can heal in time or that may affect them for the rest of their lives. Individuals who suffer injuries to their spinal cords can face long roads to healing that may not result in complete recoveries.
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs from the brain down the back of the body. It is contained in and protected by the spinal column, a set of bones that surround it. The spinal cord carries messages from the brain to the entire body system that tell the body to move, react and engage in other critical functions.
When the spinal cord is hurt, its message-carrying function can be impaired. That means that messages from the brain may not reach their intended destinations. As such, if a person suffers a spinal cord injury in their neck, impulses and messages from the brain may not reach any parts of the body below the site of the injury.
If messages do not reach the body from the brain, movement may be curtailed and paralysis may result. Paralysis is the inability of the body to move on its own, and when paralysis affects the body at the neck it is referred to as tetraplegia. Paralysis of the lower body is called paraplegia.
As our readers can imagine, a spinal cord injury can devastate a person’s life and change how they do their work, interact with others and find happiness. Medical intervention can help some spinal cord injury victims, but not all attain full recoveries. Anyone who has suffered from spinal cord injuries may benefit from getting more information about personal injury legal options.