The spinal cord is one of the most complex parts of the human body. It
transports messages from the body to the brain, and vice versa, allowing
the body to respond to the external environment. The four main parts of
the spinal cord are the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. Generally
speaking, each part serves a different region of the human body.
Experienced Newburgh spinal cord injury attorneys know that a spinal cord injury victim will experience different symptoms
depending upon the region of the spinal cord that has been damaged. All
points below the level of the injury will be impacted by the injury. Moreover,
depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may experience a complete
loss of functioning below the injury site, or if the injury is incomplete
there may only be a partial loss of communication between the body and brain.
The cervical portion of the spinal cord lies above the thoracic, lumbar,
and sacral regions. Although all
spinal cord injuries are devastating, injuries to the cervical region have the most extreme
consequences. Quadriplegia is often the result of a cervical injury. This
is the paralysis of both the arms and the legs. Note, however, that the
injury can be just slight of complete paralysis and may result in just
weakness of the arms and legs. Remember, all regions below the injury
will be affected. This means that the spinal cord injury victim may also
experience impaired function of the neck, shoulders, hands, and there
may also be impaired respiratory functioning as well as sexual dysfunction.
The thoracic region of the spinal cord lies just below the cervical region.
A thoracic injury may result in paraplegia; paralysis or weakness of the
legs. Since areas below the injury can too be affected, the victim may
also lose proper bowel and bladder functioning. However, the arms most
likely will not be impaired.
spinal cord injuries can also result in paraplegia, sexual dysfunction, bladder impairments
as well as bowel dysfunction. Again, all points below the injury may experience
The sacral region of the spinal cord is the lowest region discussed herein.
Again, paralysis of the legs can result. Short of paralysis, the injured
victim can experience weakness in the hips and legs. Sexual dysfunction
can result too when the sacral region is injured.
In short, the spinal cord plays a part in controlling the entire body,
from head to toe. While the bones surrounding the spinal cord are indeed
strong, the human body is much weaker than the environment around us,
whether it is a manmade object, or a natural occurring object. Often times,
spinal cord injuries are impossible to recover from.
Learn more about spinal cord injuries
in our blog post available by clicking here. Read the shocking statistics about spinal cord injuries
available here. Learn about the anatomy of the spinal cord
in our blog post available here.
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