Spinal cord injuries affect more than 17,000 people in the U.S. every year About 78% of new cases happen to men. And while the causes do vary, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are a result of automobile crashes, which account for over 38%, while falls are a close second at 31.5%. Among our elderly population, the numbers are on the rise. Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation regarding these types of injuries so understanding a spinal cord injury is the first step to finding the best treatment. And the best treatment may be found in using chiropractic neurology for spinal cord injuries.
Understanding the Spinal Cord
The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, a bundle of nerves that transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body. These delicate nerves are protected by the spinal column, which runs vertically along the length of the back. When a person experiences damage to the spinal cord, sensory, motor and reflex capabilities can be affected. Spinal cord injuries fall into two categories – incomplete or complete – or, in terms of neurological damage – four categories: incomplete quadriplegia, complete quadriplegia, incomplete paraplegia and complete paraplegia. While paraplegia affects the use of the legs, quadriplegia affects the use of all four limbs.
Chiropractic Neurology and Spinal Cord Injuries
Chiropractic Neurologists are experts in Functional Medicine and the brain/ central nervous system connection. In terms of spinal cord injuries, which directly affect the way that the central nervous system communicates with the brain, this specialized training and expertise offers new hope for many patients where more traditional treatment plans have failed. While each patient is unique, some treatments may include specific adjustments to joints, light and sounds stimulation, balance-focused exercises, physical exercises and cognitive care. All Chiropractic Neurology treatment plans are drug-free and non-invasive while also specifically tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
Rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury is challenging. By employing Chiropractic Neurology techniques during rehabilitation, improvements in function are leading to better outcomes for many patients. Beyond the initial rehabilitation phase, Chiropractic Neurology has also proven to be a highly effective treatment for the pain often associated with these types of injuries. As more studies are being done into the effectiveness of Chiropractic Neurology for stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, and many more conditions, the outlook is promising.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury and would like to know more about how Chiropractic Neurology can help you, please contact the team at the Georgia Chiropractic Neurology center today for a consultation.