Neck Pain And Spinal Cord Injuries

Neck Pain Associated With Spinal Cord Injuries

By Jarrett Kruse

A spinal cord injury is most often the result of sudden trauma: Car accidents, falls, diving accidents, and gunshot or knife wounds are among the common causes of spinal cord injuries. these injuries are not among the most common causes of neck pain and rarely cause lower back pain. Injury to the spinal cord is often accompanied by symptoms other than Neck pain, such as tingling, numbness, or loss of motion or sensation. Neck pain is more often associated with other ailments. Muscles strain can easily cause neck pain and pinched nerves can as well.

Most spinal cord injuries cause some type of permanent disability, including paralysis. Spinal cord injury symptoms depend on two factors: How sever the damage is depends on both the severity of the injury and its location. Generally, the higher up on the spinal cord, which runs about 15 inches down your back from the base of your brain,  the injury is, the greater the degree of paralysis. Also, the more damage the spinal cord suffers, the greater the loss of movement.

After an accident, look for these emergency signs to spot a spinal cord injury

  • Losing consciousness, even for a short period of time
  • Extreme back pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
  • Weakness or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Other symptoms of spinal cord injury that may develop are:

  • Intense pain or stinging sensation
  • Loss of movement or sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Difficulty breathing and coughing