What Is Spinal Shock And How Can You Treat It?

If you have experienced a spinal injury recently, you may have received a spinal shock diagnosis. This may leave you feeling understandably confused and unsure about how to move forward in your treatment and recovery process. Many people experience symptoms of spinal cord shock every year, and many of them do go on to live fully active and mobile lives after their initial diagnosis and treatment.

There are many great resources out there for anyone who may be feeling lost and shaken from this diagnosis, including a great and highly informative article by Guide Doc that breaks down the causes of spinal cord shock, its many symptoms, and most importantly, what you can do to treat it and heal from it.

Spinal cord shock can be the result of a few different causes; one of the most common causes is a traumatic fall. Spinal cord shock can also occur after a motor vehicle accident, a sports injury, or even just poor genetic traits. Often, people who already have pain related conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis are at a high risk of developing spinal cord shock. This is because the bodies of those who suffer from these types of conditions are already incredibly fragile and susceptible to incurring damage and pain, so even the slightest of falls can prove to be disastrous to the spinal cord.

When trying to understand how spinal cord shock occurs, it’s important to know how the spine itself operates. The spinal cord, which is protected by the spinal column, is made up of millions of tiny nerve fibers, and it travels through the middle of each vertebra, cushioned by a layer of cerebral fluid. This is your body’s central nervous system, and it communicates with the rest of the body by emitting off electrical impulses.

When a spinal injury happens, the spinal cord may become damaged or compressed in such a way that prevents electrical impulses from having the ability to travel properly. Common symptoms felt as a result of this include tingling sensations in the hands or feet, muscle spasms, back pain, balance difficulties, weakness, loss of sensation in the arms or legs, and a loss of movement in certain limbs that may have been affected by the injury. These symptoms tend to occur right after the injury, if not within just a few hours afterward. After initial emergency treatment and consultations with a physical therapist, a patient recovering from spinal shock syndrome can often turn to chiropractic adjustments for pain relief and improved symptoms.

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