Types of Spinal Cord Injury

December 22, 2013

Injuries to the spinal cord are among the most severe one can sustain in an accident. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, the Philadelphia accident attorneys at Wapner Newman are here to fight for you.

The spinal cord is the central nerve bundle that delivers signals between the brain and the numerous branches of nerves that reach the rest of the body. It is also responsible for coordinating reflex reactions. Given the essential role of the spinal cord, an injury can be devastating.

The severity of a spinal cord injury varies according to where along the spine it occurs and the extent of the damage. Some types of injuries include:

  • Paralysis: Inability to move one or more parts of the body
  • Paraplegia: Paralysis of the legs and lower body
  • Quadriplegia: Paralysis of all limbs (also called tetraplegia)

Spinal cord injuries can also cause many other serious complications, including:

  • Numbness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Muscle spasms
  • Brain damage

Spinal cord injuries are serious and can require a lifetime of rehabilitation. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to focus on recovery.

Let our Philadelphia accident attorneys focus on the details of your case. Please contact Wapner Newman or call 1-800-529-6600 today to schedule a free consultation.