Spinal Cord Injuries Treatment
The spinal cord is a vital component of the nervous system, relaying messages to the entire body from the brain. Protected by the vertebrae and intravertebral discs in the spine, this thick band of nerves connects to the peripheral nervous system throughout the body. Any injury to the spinal cord can impact the transmission of nerve messages from the brain. Our neurospine surgeons at DOCS Health offer their expertise for spinal cord injuries treatment at our Los Angeles medical center.
Spinal cord injuries can be minor or very severe. Since the spinal cord is responsible for relaying all sensation, motor skills and involuntary movements, any disruption in the nerves can impact function. Severe damage to the spine that crushes the protective vertebrae or cuts into the spine can jeopardize the spinal cord. If the spinal cord is completely severed, it can cause paralysis to the limbs and organs below that point on the body. More common is an incomplete injury that affects motor skills or sensation to some extent.
Signs of Spinal Cord Injury
The most obvious sign of a spinal cord injury is the loss of sensation or motor skills below the area of injury. However, when an incomplete injury occurs, the symptoms may be subtle. If there is an impact or lacerations to the neck or back and any of the following symptoms occur, it can be an indication of a spinal cord or nerve injury:
- Pain or pressure on the neck, back or head
- Loss of control of any part of the body – complete or partial
- Trouble breathing
- Sudden bowel or bladder issues
- Tingling, numbness or lack of sensation in limbs
- Lumps on spine, neck or back
Spinal cord injury treatment depends on the extent and cause of damage. In some cases, the vertebrae or disc is damaged and can be repaired to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. Our medical team at DOCS Health includes neurology and spine specialists that can work together to determine the best course of treatment for spinal cord injuries, from conservative therapies to minimally-invasive surgery options.
If you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury, contact us at DOCS Health in Los Angeles. We can schedule an exam and consultation with one of our neurospine surgeons to discuss treatment options.