Spinal Cord Injury Signs and Symptoms
Potential Signs and Symptoms
- Severe pain and/or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Difficulty breathing
- Numbness/tingling or lack of ability to feel sensations such as heat, cold, or touch
- Loss of/or changes in normal bowel and bladder control/function
- Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
- Difficulty with balance
- Difficulty with walking
- Unusual band-like sensations in the trunk: pain, pressure
- Abnormal lumps or bumps on the head or spine.
- Loss of reflexes
- Exaggerated reflexes or muscle spasms
- Sensitivity to stimuli
- Changes in sexual function
- Symptoms may occur immediately after an injury or gradually as changes such as bleeding & swelling take place around the spinal cord.
- It is critical that treatment start as soon as possible after an injury.
- Anyone with a potential spinal cord injury must be kept completely still until assessed by emergency personnel.
- Anyone experiencing trauma to the head, neck or back should see a physician.