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Spinal Injury and Conditions

Spinal injury calls for a quick 911 dial with any initial traumatic spinal cord injury because the right immediate 911 FIRST AID needs to take place without exception. In fact, a person suffering from a an initial traumatic spinal injury should not be moved an inch from the position they are in because even the slightest movement could vastly harm the person’s life–unless there is another immediate life threat, such as, a heavy falling object, or a medical provider directs them to do so.

Back pain is the number 1 reason for missed work and the 2nd most common medical condition behind the common cold. Back pain generally, with different types of shooting back pains, or lower back pain cannot be ignored either. As Dr. Nick Shamie, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA Spine Center, adds, “A timely evaluation is critically important even if the back pain seems mild or the spinal injury appears to be a soft tissue injury, muscle pull, or ligament stretch. These types of back injuries may improve in their own time with some assistance, but all spinal injuries and conditions must be professionally evaluated. Delayed diagnosis and treatment may substantially and irrevocably harm a patient.” For example, signs of sciatica, tingling, and numbness in the legs require immediate attention.

•  Spinal Injury Types

•  Spinal Disorders

There are many types of spinal cord injuries and conditions. Sometimes, diagnosis and treatment involves more than one type of medical professional. If a neurological deficit is evident, you may be referred to an Orthopedic specialist who has also focused their expertise in Neurosurgery. Alternatively, you may be referred to a neurosurgeon. At times, medical professionals work together to develop the appropriate treatment plan.

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.