Spinal Column Injuries FAQ – Part 1
Spinal column injuries can be devastating. Not only can they last for the rest of the injured person’s life, but they can alter that life in any number of ways. Anyone who suffers a spinal column injury needs to speak with an attorney right away. Recovering your medical bills, receiving compensation for lost wages, as well as seeking payments for pain and suffering, are all issues that require legal advice.
It’s also a good idea to educate yourself about some common spinal column injury issues. Many of these issues surround medical or legal concepts that most people have little experience with. To help you get a better grasp of these concepts, let’s take a look at some frequently asked spinal column injury questions.
What is the spine?
Many people refer to the spine as the backbone. It’s the collection of bones that runs from your head down your back. The spinal column, or spine, includes both the collection of bones, as well as the bundle of nerves, tissues, and other body parts that are connected to them.
What does the spine do?
The spine does several things, but it is primarily responsible for protecting the spinal cord. The spinal cord is the collection of nerves that extends from the base of your skull to the lower body. The spinal bones, or vertebrae, are hollow, and the spinal cord passes through them. It can be helpful to think of the spinal cord as similar to the copper wire in an electrical cord, and the vertebrae as the rubber or plastic covering that protects it.
The spinal cord itself (the nerves) plays a vital role in human anatomy. Together with the brain, the spinal cord is part of the central nervous system. This system conveys messages between your brain and other parts of your body. For example, the spinal cord’s nerves extend to your extremities and allow you to control your muscles. The spinal cord nerves tell you when you are experiencing heat or cold, when you’ve been injured, and even allow you to regulate unconscious bodily functions, such as digestion and heart rate.
What is a spinal column injury?
A spinal column injury is any damage caused to the spinal column. There are many kinds of spinal column injuries, each of which can range in severity and symptoms, and each of which can be caused by a number of different factors.
For example, some minor spinal cord injuries can arise as a natural result of the aging process. Many elderly people experience spinal cord injuries as a result of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. These injuries can lead to periodic or extended bouts of pain or discomfort.
On the other hand, more serious spinal column injuries can be life-altering. For example, someone injured in an automobile accident can suffer a spinal column injury that results in permanent damage to the spinal cord. More serious spinal column injuries can result in permanent disability and even death.
Spinal injuries are a serious concern. If you, or a loved one, have experienced a spinal injury due to negligence, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.