Emergency Intervention Techniques for Spinal Cord Injuries

Emergency Intervention Techniques for Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is not the kind of injury that can be reversed and even in the rarest cases of people walking again after major spinal cord injuries, this usually happens after years of extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. Common outcomes of spinal cord injuries are the loss of sensory and motor function below the injured area of the spine. In severe cases, someone’s breathing or heartbeat might stop. This is when emergency assistance should be given.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries occur after a violent hit to the spine, which can happen from a bad fall, car accident, or heavy object hitting your back. The spinal vertebrae bones that protect your spinal cord are strong, but enough force can break them and their shards are what can do much of the damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is what communicates information back and forth between the brain and the body, so if that cord is cut, the communication stops.

How to Know Your Spinal Cord is Injured

A complete spinal cord injury means you are paralyzed and feel nothing below the site of injury,  whereas an incomplete spinal cord injury may only involve some loss of sensation or movement. Other symptoms are the loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle spasms that you cannot control, stinging back pain, and trouble breathing with coughing. Seek immediate medical attention if all of these symptoms occur together, for yourself or someone else who is displaying these symptoms.

Emergency Techniques for Spinal Cord Injuries

In the event that you witness an accident in which you suspect someone has suffered a spinal cord injury, call 911 first. While waiting on paramedics, stay by the person and perform the following techniques. Make sure that wherever the person is, that they stay still unless the position they are in could potentially cause them to move. Immobilization of their back and neck is key to preventing further damage to the spinal cord.

A way to improve immobilization is to place soft objects around the person’s head to prevent accidental movement. Make sure you also tell them not to turn their head and explain why. Even if they do not respond, it is a good idea to explain the situation to them, which may also help them remain conscious since you are stimulating brain activity. Perform CPR if they stop breathing or have no pulse, but do so without moving their neck. If they start vomiting, have someone help you turn them on their side in a way that prevents neck or back movement.

When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

For any scenario in which your spinal cord injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, like a reckless driver, no wet floor sign, or workplace accident, then you have the right to hire an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. Doing this will significantly improve your chances of receiving fair monetary compensation to cover any and potentially, all of your medical expenses related to your injury. Contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 to speak to our Oklahoma personal injury lawyer today. We will work closely with you to give you a fighting chance.