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Different Types of Spine Injuries

Different Types of Spine Injuries

Some of the most severe damages come from spine injuries. You can experience a lifetime of physical harm that impacts your ability to complete several of your day-to-day tasks. When you suffer harm, you should recognize the seriousness of these injuries.

There are different types of spinal cord injuries you may experience, depending on the location of the damage. Below, we’ll detail four of the common spinal cord injuries and their symptoms, so you know what to expect moving forward.

Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries

Cervical spinal cord injuries result from damages to the seven vertebrae in your neck. This section includes the C1 through C7 vertebrae. As this section of the spine is closer to your brain, cervical spinal cord injury can result in quadriplegia. You may suffer from paralysis, limiting or disabling your use of all limbs below your shoulders and neck.

Thoracic Spinal Cord Injuries

The thoracic section is beneath the cervical section and consists of 12 total vertebrae. This section of the spine focuses on your balance and posture. A thoracic spinal cord injury often leads to paraplegia, meaning your lower limbs and hips lose functionality, but above the location of the damage remains the same.

Lumbar Spinal Cord Injuries

The five vertebrae (L1 to L5) of the lumbar section carry a significant amount of weight—more than any other part of your spine. A lumbar spinal cord injury typically causes disability to your hips and legs, but you retain full function of your upper body. The lumbar section is just below the thoracic section.

Sacral Spinal Cord Injuries

The sacral vertebrae reside just above the tailbone. This section consists of the S1 to S4 vertebrae and helps with bowel and bladder control. Significant injury to the sacral spinal cord leads to loss of some function in your hips and legs, as well as your ability to control bladder and bowel organs.

Our Sacramento spine injury lawyers are here for you. If you suffer a significant spine injury because of negligence, Kershaw, Cook & Talley can work with you to recognize your rights and legal options. We’ll pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at (916) 520-6639.

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