Picture 33 oddly shaped bones stacked on top of each other, each one protecting a cord of nerve endings that controls your every movement, and you have an idea of how essential your backbone really is to your health and wellbeing.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that about 282,000 people currently live with serious spinal cord injuries in the United States - while there are approximately 17,000 new cases every year. Here's the alarming part: Spinal cord injuries are a leading contributor to the country's mortality rate, according to the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana.
Given the intricacy of the area, it is to be expected that injuries to the spine can cause a wide variety of ill-effects. These can range from restricted mobility and a loss of sensation in the hands and arms to exaggerated, uncontrolled spasms.
If you suffered an injury to your spine through no fault of your own and are worried it could affect your health and mobility for the rest of your life, contact a medical malpractice lawyer from the Bowling Law Firm.
David A. Bowling is an experienced spinal cord injury attorney in New Orleans who will explain your legal options. Call 877-757-3539 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Louisiana by visiting USAttorneys.com.
5 Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries - and How to Treat Them
Your spinal cord is vulnerable to even a minor force. Most injuries to the spine are caused when vertebrae are broken in such a way that shards cut or lacerate the nerve endings, or when the spine is pulled or pressed in an unnatural way.
According to the Mayo Clinic, these are the most common causes of injuries to the spine:
1. Car accidents;
2. Serious falls;
3. Acts of violence, such as gunshot wounds;
4. Alcohol-related accidents;
5. And diseases, including cancer.
The human spine is a complicated structure, and crucial to every part of daily life. This is why injuries to your spine are so critical; they usually have a major impact on a person's quality of life.
After an accident that has affected your spine, doctors will focus on these primary means of treatment:
● Surgery to remove shards of bone or other objects;
● Ongoing rehabilitation to strengthen muscle function;
● And medication to help with the management of pain.
If you suffered a spinal injury due to medical malpractice or another accident, a New Orleans spinal cord injury attorney from the Bowling Law Firm will represent your interests. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical bills and non-economic damages.
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