Over the years, there has been an increased awareness of spinal cord injuries. Words are tossed around, like vertebrae, paralysis and mobility. But what does it all mean First, we must take a look at what spinal cord injury actually is. Imagine a freeway with cars driving through it, eager to get from point A to point B. Suddenly there’s an accident up ahead, causing the cars to come to a screeching halt. It is possible that some cars are still able to go from point A to point B, but there is a serious disruption in how many cars can do so.
That is basically how a spinal cord injury works. In your body, the spine is the freeway. The cars on the freeway represent the spinal cord, which is located within the spine. Much like an accident on the freeway, an interruption in the spinal cord means messages from the brain might not go to where they need to go such as the hands, legs, or torso. This interruption is the spinal cord injury, and can be the result of things like trauma or disease. So what kind of messages are being sent,.
And how does the body react to those messages lost in the mail There are mainly two kinds of messages, mostly affecting sensory and movement. As the names suggest, these messages involve the ability to feel and move. With these messages not getting through, the person may have trouble with things like standing, walking, grabbing or even breathing. Depending on the severity and level of the injury, the person may need to use things such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, braces, or a combination of all of those, or even none of those.