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Trauma Can Cause Severe Spinal Cord Injury

Published: Sep 16, 2013 in Personal Injury

Spinal cord injury not only increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and death, but dramatically impacts the ongoing costs associated with caring for the patient, says Alabama personal injury attorney Keith T. Belt.

A spinal disc herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings. Disc herniation can occur with a traumatic injury causing a tear of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the spinal canal. This tear in the disc ring may result in the release of inflammatory chemical mediators which may directly cause severe pain, even in the absence of nerve root compression.

Although most minor herniation’s heal within several weeks and anti-inflammatory treatments for pain associated with disc herniation, protrusion, bulge, or disc tear are generally effective, severe herniation’s may not heal of their own accord and may require surgical intervention

The posterior longitudinal ligament is situated within the vertebral canal, and extends along the posterior surfaces of the bodies of the vertebra, from the body of the axis, where it is continuous with the membrana tentoria, to the sacrum.

It is broader above than below, and thicker in the thoracic than in the cervical and lumbar regions. The ligament is more narrow at the vertebral bodies and wider at the intervertebral disc space which is more pronounced than the anterior longitudinal ligament. This is significant in understanding certain pathological conditions of the spine such as the typical location for a spinal disc herniation.

This ligament is composed of smooth, shining, longitudinal fibers, denser and more compact than those of the anterior ligament, and consists of superficial layers occupying the interval between three or four vertebrae, and deeper layers which extend between adjacent vertebra.

Trauma, also known as injury, is a physiological wound caused by an external source, which can also be described as a physical wound or injury, such as a fracture or blow. Unintentional and intentional injuries were the fifth and seventh leading causes, accounting for 6.23% and 2.84% of worldwide mortalities, respectively in the 2012 World Health Organization estimates of causes of death by rate.

Depending on the severity of the injury, quick management and transport to an appropriate facility may be necessary to prevent loss of life or limb. Various classification scales exist for use with trauma to determine the severity of injuries which is used to determine the resources utilized and for statistical collection. There are many causes of injury that each can affect a person in different ways, both anatomically and physiologically.

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