The doctors at North American Spine treat the most common spinal injuries. Surgery is required when there is damage on the vertebrae, the spinal column, or the spinal cord.
Most traumatic spinal cord injuries occur after there is a major blow to the spine. The impact can crush, fracture, compress, or dislocate the vertebrae. A knife or gunshot wound can also injure the spinal cord. Without a treatment, a minor injury will develop into a major injury. In most cases, swelling, fluid, and bleeding will occur inside and around the spinal cord within a week.
If a patient has a non-traumatic or traumatic injury, the damage will still affect the fibers that travel through the impacted area. The injury could also impair some of the nerves and muscles that are found underneath the injury location.
Spinal Cord Injury Situations
In the United States, most injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, stumbles, acts of violence, and sports injuries.
Automotive and motorcycle accidents cause the most spinal cord injuries in the United States. Each year, over 35 percent of injuries happen on the highway.
People who are age 65 or older visit North American Spine clinics after they trip and fall in their homes. According to studies, over 25 percent of spinal cord injuries happen when homeowners slip on carpets and stairs.
Violence causes about 15 percent of spinal injuries. The most common acts of violent include stabs and bullet wounds.
North American Spine surgeons are knowledge, so they can treat patients who have minor or major spinal injuries. Contact the nearest North American Spine clinic to learn more about the different treatment methods.