The Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Pt. 1

Spinal Cord Injuries are Somewhat Common

Throughout the United States, it is estimated that roughly 12,500 spinal cord injuries occur per year. That is 12,500 that have to live with the daily struggles of a spinal cord injury including pain, limited mobility, and a decreased quality of life. Here at ClinTech Center For Spine, we are dedicated to helping as many people as possible recover from their spinal cord injuries, either through the use of therapy or surgery. Because this is our first blog post, we felt that it would be a good idea to go over some of the most common spinal cord injuries and shed a little light on the structure of the spine itself. We hope that by the end of this post you have a better understanding of how and why the spine becomes injured. Continue reading below to learn more.

Do You Know the Parts of the Spine?

Before we get into the most common spinal injuries, we felt that we should first go over the major areas of the spine. For most people, the spine is simply a long collection of bones that runs down our back. Upon closer inspection, however, it can quickly be seen that the spine is made up of many different areas. Below, we have listed the major areas with a short description of each

  • Coccygeal Region: Also known as the coccyx or tailbone, the coccygeal region is made up of a single vertebra at the very base of the spinal cord. Injuries to this region tend to be extremely painful, though not life threatening. For most, the course of treatment for an injury to the coccyx is to try and stay off of the affected area as much as possible.
  • Sacral Spine: This area of your spine is located near the lower region of your back, right about where your spinal cord begins to bend. The vertebrae in this region bend slightly outward, making them easier to see than other areas of the spine. This area of the spine contains no actual spinal cord and is instead made up of the roots of nerves as they exit the spine.
  • Lumbar Spinal Cord: Located above the sacral spine, this area of the spinal cord is located right around where your spine beings to bend and, if you put your hand on your lower back and bend forward, where your back begins to bend inward is where your lumbar region is located. The lumbar region is one of the most common areas of the spine that pain occurs due to the fact that much of the body’s weight ends up being centered in this area.
  • Thoracic Spinal Cord: The thoracic spinal cord forms the middle of the spinal cord and contains twelve vertebrae. This is one of the longest areas of the spinal cord and, as a result, tends to be one of the most injured areas in relation to physical injury. Issues with the thoracic spinal cord should be addressed as soon as possible.
  • Cervical Spinal Cord: The cervical area of the spinal cord is the topmost area of the spine and are where the brain connects to the spinal cord and the neck connects to the back. This area of the spine consists of eight vertebrae and is an especially delicate area of the spine. Injuries to this area can result in major consequences if not tended to and, most commonly, severe injuries can result in some sort of paralysis.

Join us again next time as we switch topics and cover some of the most typical types of spinal cord injuries. Additionally, if you are experiencing spinal cord issues, please contact us today at ClinTech Center For Spine and schedule an appointment. We have been helping Larimer County area residents for years and we would love to help you with any and all spinal cord issues that you are having. Through the use of state-of-the-art therapy techniques, advanced stem cell techniques, and cutting edge surgery, we strive to provide the best orthopedic and spinal cord services in the Northern Colorado area. When it comes to your spinal cord, don’t settle for second best. Contact us today and lets us help you alleviate pain, help with mobility, and increase the quality of your life.