As per the most recent statistic, 71% of all spinal case injuries, occur in the age group of 20 to 49 years. This study was conducted by the Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur highlight the fact that almost 79% of these cases come from rural India and a good percentage of them being laborers.
In this article, we seek to understand just what Spinal Cord Injuries mean and the steps we can take to heal.
What is Spinal Cord Injury?
A Spinal Cord, is essentially a mesh of nerves that run on the inside of our vertebral column. It might seem that the Spinal cord controls the voluntary actions of the body but it is interesting to note that it even controls the involuntary actions of the body such as digestion and breathing.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord injuries can be caused because of various reasons. They are as follows –
- Sudden falls causing trauma
- Spinal tumors
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
- Loss of strength
- Reduced sensation to touch/prick
- Loss of control over bowel and bladder movements
Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury:
Here are a few points stressing on the measures that you should adopt to prevent spinal cord injury:
- Stay alert while driving. Avoid using your cell phone and always fasten seat belt. Obey traffic rules and never drive in an inebriated condition.
- Keep pathways in and around your house clear to avoid falling. Make sure the stairways are well lit.
- Always take safety measures while driving your bicycle or while playing a sport.
- Do not dive into the water before examining whether it is deep and safe enough for you to dive.
- Talk to your physician immediately whenever you are injured, or if you are experiencing any painful symptoms from a previous injury and make sure the injury is treated well. With right measures taken to prevent an accident, the risk factor for spinal cord injury can be minimized