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The “levels” of spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | May 29, 2023 | Spinal Cord Injuries

A traffic collision can result in numerous kinds of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Among the most serious types of injuries that accidents cause involve damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is one of the main components of the nervous system, and it carries signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord impedes this process, and sufferers tend to lose their mobility.

That being said, there are different levels of spinal cord injuries and the type of possible recovery largely depends on a particular injury’s level/type. Outlined below are the two main types of spinal cord injuries.

Complete spinal cord injuries

A complete spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord has been severed or sustained catastrophic damage. This type of injury is irreversible, although medical treatments are constantly advancing. Surgery may help to limit further damage and physical therapy can assist in building up the strength of the other muscles to reduce the risk of muscle deterioration in the body overall.

Incomplete spinal injuries

As the name suggests, an incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord has not been severe completely. The impact of this injury upon an injured individual’s life will largely depend on the extent of the damage and the location of the trauma. With medical supervision and treatment, it has been known for patients to regain some feeling and sensation, but this can take a long time.

If your spine has been damaged because of a negligent driver, then you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options.