After falling in a New York store, you want to know the extent of your injuries. Could the aches and pains you feel in your back indicate a spinal cord injury?
Mayo Clinic explores common spinal cord injury symptoms. Let medical professionals help build your slip-and-fall case and protect your legal rights.
Injury severity and location
Where you hurt your spine and the injury’s severity determine your ability to control your limbs. Patients experience complete severity if they cannot control or feel their limbs below the spinal cord. If they have some feeling or control below the injured area, they have incomplete severity symptoms.
Common spinal cord injury symptoms include trouble breathing, loss of movement and severe stinging sensation. A person may also lose the ability to feel heat or cold and lose bladder and bowel control. Patients may notice shifts in sexual sensitivity and function.
Depending on symptom severity, you could need emergency care. Emergency symptoms include difficulty breathing, severe neck pressure, trouble maintaining balance and paralysis. Losing feelings or experiencing tingling in your extremities could also require emergency care.
Even if you do not think you have emergency spinal cord symptoms, consider seeing a doctor sooner rather than later. Patients do not always realize when they have a serious spinal cord injury, and they may experience incremental paralysis. How long you wait to receive treatment after sustaining a spinal cord injury also affects your recovery.
You cannot afford to take chances with your spine’s help. Recognizing spinal cord injury signs helps you recover damages from the at-fault party.