The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide complete diagnosis and treatment services for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They specialize in assessing and managing minor to complex injuries to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine.  

Spinal Injuries

A spinal injury can be defined as damage to the vertebrae, nerves, ligaments or tissues within the spinal cord. The condition affects the transmission of nerve signals from brain to various body parts and vice versa. Spinal injuries may cause long lasting changes in back strength, sensation and functioning of body parts below the affected region.

Causes Of Spinal Injuries

  • Falls from a considerable height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Direct blow or hit to the spine
  • Extreme twisting of the back
  • Diving accident
  • Landing in the head or neck
  • Bullet or stab wound
  • Spinal Arthritis or Osteoporosis
  • Spinal cord inflammation

Symptoms Of Spinal Injuries

  • Pain and stiffness
  • Loss of sensation or an inability to feel touch, heat or cold
  • Unusually positioned head
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the extremities
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Pain in the head or neck
  • Overactive reflexes or muscle spasms
  • Difficulty breathing, sneezing or coughing

Diagnosis Of Spinal Injuries

The doctor may diagnose a spinal injury through careful physical examination, examining sensory function and inquiring about the nature of injury. The spine specialist may also conduct certain imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI to evaluate the extent of damage caused to the spinal cord.

Treatment For Spinal Injuries

  • Medications: The spine specialist may administer intravenous medications to reduce the damage caused to nerve cells and inflammation around the site of injury.
  • Immobilization: Restricting movement with the help of traction may help to stabilize and restore the normal alignment of the spine. In cases of a cervical spine injury, wearing a rigid neck collar can be helpful.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment may be recommended to remove any foreign bodies or bone fragments, reposition dislocated vertebrae and herniated discs that may put pressure on the spine.

Prevention Of Spinal Injuries

  • Drive safely and always wear a seat belt
  • Check the depth of water before diving
  • Do not dive head-on in water less than 9 feet deep
  • Wear protective gear while playing sports
  • Prevent falls
  • Stay physically active
  • Lift weights correctly

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of spinal injuries, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.