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Hearing the words spinal cord injury can devastate a patient’s life but what types of damage occur when different spinal regions are injured?
The spine is the main way through which the brain communicates to the rest of the body. Suffering a spinal injury can impede the signals the brain sends out to the body thus limiting the body’s ability to function as expected.
This affects the C1 to C8 vertebrae, also known as the cervical region, which are located at the top of the spine, and is the most serious spinal injury that can be sustained. As well as losing the function of the sacral, lumbar and thoracic regions, functions such as arm movement, swallowing and speech can be affected.
Affecting the T1 to T12 vertebrae, also known as the thoracic region, injury to the spinal cord in this area can cause problems with both breathing and digestion. This is in addition to the loss of function in the sacral and lumbar regions.
This injury affects L1 to L5 vertebrae, also known as the lumbar region, and can result in impairment to the legs and feet. This is in addition to also suffering the effects of the sacral region.
When injury occurs to the S1 to S5 vertebrae, also knowns as the sacral region, the bladder and the bowel are affected. Losing control of these functions have a great effect on daily life. In addition, sexual function can also be affected.
Many spinal injuries are accidental, but there are times when either health and safety policies were not followed, particularly in work place accidents, or where there has been medical negligence. In cases such as theses, hiring a specialist spinal injury solicitor will help you to get the best result possible when claiming for spinal injury compensation to help you continue living your best life.