Spinal Injury Types

Spinal injury and back pain may be confusing for a lay person to diagnose.  There is a marked difference between generalized back pain, a spinal cord trauma, spinal injury, and lower back injuries, also known as, lumbar sacral injuries. Neck injuries, neurological deficiencies, shooting disc herniation, and spinal nerve compression may also fit into the category of spinal injuries. In short, there are many types of spinal injuries and all should be treated as a priority.

Spinal Cord Injury and the Medical Condition Link

Spinal cord injury, in some cases, may feel like an injury when truly it may be a medical condition. For example, more and more baby boomers have been visiting orthopedic back specialists because of spinal stenosis.   Spinal stenosis is characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal which puts pressure on the spinal cord nerve roots.  The condition is signified by neck and/or mid back pain- among other symptoms. So, you can easily see how one back pain symptom may be related to a greater health concern.   Learn more about symptoms and treatment for Spinal Disorders and Injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Trauma

Spinal cord injuries, conversely, often result from an accident that produces a blow or twist to the face, head, neck, chest, flanks or back, which may also cause other medical conditions, like a closed head injury, traumatic brain injury, and life threatening conditions.

There are also a variety of treatments to select from. The decision for appropriate treatment is between you and your doctor. During consultation with your back doctor, you have the opportunity to review all options and will focus in on discussing the option that the back specialist feels is most suitable for you based on their area of expertise.

It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.
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