Rockford Car Accidents May Cause Dangerous Spinal Cord Compression
According to the Mayo Clinic, 50% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by car and motorcycle accidents. The spinal cord is responsible for sending sensations to the brain and returning motor commands to various parts of the body. Injury to the spinal cord can, therefore, be both painful and debilitating. As a result of a Rockford car accident, pressure on the spinal cord can also cause a condition known as spinal cord compression.
Spinal cord compression can develop immediately following the Rockford motor vehicle accident; it can also happen over time. Symptoms related to the condition can also worsen in the weeks and months following the accident. The injury is classified in a range of mild to severe. The severity of symptoms is directly associated with the severity of the injury.
Following a spinal cord injury, the cord can become compressed by any of the following:
- Accumulation of blood
- Herniated disc
Immediately after a Rockford auto accident which results in a spinal cord injury, the victim should be brought to an emergency medical facility for diagnosis and treatment. Medical professionals will first examine the victim's head, neck, and spine. Diagnostic tests may also be administered, including MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include the following:
- Back pain
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty walking
- Coordination problems
- Neck pain
- Weakness in the muscles
- Impaired bladder and bowel control
Depending on the severity of the injury and its associated symptoms, spinal cord compression is treated accordingly with a range of treatments. These may vary in aggressiveness from the administering of over the counter pain relievers to spinal surgery and rehabilitation.
Spinal cord compression is a very common complication following a Chicago car accident. Unfortunately, it is also a painful and debilitating condition that can have a severe impact on a victim's life. For more information about your legal rights surrounding this injury, contact an experienced Rockford spinal cord injury attorney. For a free consultation, fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 today.