The spinal cord is one of the most complex parts of the human body. Most
people do not understand it, nor do they want or even need to. Of course,
those who suffer from a
spinal cord injury are all too aware of how important the spinal cord is; although it is
not hard to imagine for most people.
Experienced Poughkeepsie spinal cord injury attorneys have litigated countless motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents
that which resulted in the victim suffering a spinal cord injury. Therefore,
these experienced attorneys are perhaps a little more familiar with the
anatomy and medical nomenclature of the spinal cord.
With that said, experts will be used to explain these types of injuries
to juries. This is because knowledge about the spinal cord is beyond the
ken for the average person and juror. Therefore, if a medical professional caused a
spinal cord injury, an expert will provide a medical background of the spine and the injury
itself. If the spinal cord injury was caused by a motor vehicle collision
or a slip and fall accident, experts will explain how the collision or
fall could and did cause the spinal cord injury. They will also explain
how these injuries affect victims for the rest of the victim’s lives.
The present purpose of this post is to provide you with a very basic understanding
of the spinal cord.
You should understand that the spinal cord links body functions to the
brain and the brain to the body; sensory information is passed between
the body and the brain. This is done through rows of nerve roots lining
the sides of the cord which come to form spinal nerves in thirty one pairs.
Tracts of nerve fibers ascend and descend the spinal cord. These tracts
link to different parts of the body and brain, each carrying various types
of sensory information, such as information about pain perception and
All bodily sensations are delivered this way. Whatever is happening to
every part of the body, such as conditions on the skin’s surface,
joint movement, and muscle movements is delivered through the spinal cord.
All of this is broken down into four regions. The cervical spinal cord
region is at the top of the spinal cord and the thoracic region is directly
below the cervical region. Next it the lumbar cord region, followed by
the sacral spinal region. Injuries to each region can have distinct and
varying affects on the victim’s ability to function normally. The
inside of the spinal cord are various “horns”, gray matter,
white matter, neurons, glia, and unique cells. The nuclei of neurons are
broken down into numerous other parts and zones.
Learn more about spinal cord injuries
in our blog post available by clicking here. Read the shocking statistics about spinal cord injuries
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