Atlanta Lawyer Discuss Effects of Spinal Injuries
Spinal Cord Injury Effects
A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord, the bundle of nerve fibers contained inside the bones of the spine. Because the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting messages to and from the brain and every other part of the body, even a mild injury can cause serious impairments.
The effects of the spinal injury depend on many factors. The type and severity of damage to the spinal cord, as well as the part of the spine that is damaged, all play a role. Because the spinal cord is extremely delicate, injuries may cause permanent disabilities or even death. If you or someone you love is suffering the effects of the spinal cord injury, please don't hesitate to call the experienced Atlanta spinal cord injury attorneys at Grant Law Office. Contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation.
A spinal cord injury can affect physical functioning in nearly any part of the body. The areas of the body that are affected depend on which part of the spinal cord is injured, and the degree of impairment depends on the severity of the injury. Multiple sites or types of spinal cord injury may result in impairments to multiple areas or functions of the body.
Loss of muscle, nerve, or organ function typically occurs in the area below an injury site. For example, injuries to the cervical spine, located in the back, typically cause impairment or paralysis in the area below the neck, arms, or hands. Injuries that occur in the thoracic region of the spine, located in the chest, tend to affect the torso and parts of the lower arms. Spinal cord injuries in the lumbar spine, and in the sacral region, affect the hips, legs, and feet.
Physical spinal cord injuries are typically described using the following terms:
- Paresis: slight or partial paralysis.
- Paralysis: partial or total loss of muscle function.
- Parasthesias: abnormal sensations such as burning or tingling.
- Paraparesis: slight paralysis affecting the hips, legs, and feet.
- Paraplegia: complete paralysis of the hips, legs, and feet, which can also affect the lower trunk of the body. The arms and upper body are not affected.
- Quadriparesis: slight or partial paralysis of all four limbs (both arms and both legs).
- Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia: complete paralysis of all four limbs.
The physical effects of many spine injuries are permanent. Treatment typically focuses on improving the patient's functioning and quality of life to the highest degree possible.
The physical effects of a spinal cord injury can take a devastating toll on the patient's mental and emotional health. A severe injury can cause permanent paralysis and the loss of the ability to control many bodily functions. In moments, a once-active person becomes immobilized, unable to participate in many or all of the activities he or she once enjoyed.
Not surprisingly, this life-altering injury often causes mental and emotional turmoil. The injured person may experience shock, depression, anxiety, and anger – sometimes all at once. Physical pain and parasthesias can increase the sense of psychological suffering.
Like the physical effects of a spinal cord injury, the psychological effects can cause severe impairments. Treatment such as therapy or medications may be required to help a patient regain mental or emotional health, and compensation for pain and suffering may be necessary.
Help After a Catastrophic Injury
If you or someone you love is dealing with the effects of a spinal cord injury, please don't hesitate to call the compassionate attorneys at Grant Law Office. We can help you get the compensation you need to handle the physical, mental, and emotional effects of your injury, allowing you to live the fullest life possible. Contact us today to learn more.