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The most common cause of spinal cord injury is a broken neck or back (causing damage to the bones of the spine that surround the spinal cord). This often results in damage to the nerves of the spinal cord inside the spinal column. Traumatic spinal cord injury may be caused by: accidents, sports injuries, assault or complications following surgery.
Treatment begins with the emergency medical personnel who make an initial evaluation and immobilise the patient for transport. Immediate medical care within the first 8 hours following injury is critical to the patient's recovery. Nowadays there is much greater knowledge about the moving and handling of spinal injury patients. Incorrect techniques used at this stage could worsen the injuries considerably.
When injury occurs and for a period of time thereafter, the spinal cord responds by swelling. Treatment starts with steroid drugs; these can be administered at the scene by an air ambulance Doctor or trained paramedic. These drugs reduce inflammation in the injured area and help to prevent further damage to cellular membranes that can cause nerve death. Sparing nerves from further damage and death is crucial.
Each patient's injury is unique. Some patients require surgery to stabilise the spine, correct a gross misalignment, or to remove tissue causing cord or nerve compression. Spinal stabilisation often helps to prevent further damage. Some patients may be placed in traction and the spine allowed to heal naturally. Every injury is unique as is the course of post injury treatment that follows.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious spinal injury and you believe it was caused or aggravated by the negligence of someone else, please call our office today. Our lawyers understand this complicated injury and will use a multifaceted team of medical experts to assist in the recovery process.
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