Being involved in a car crash is a traumatic experience that can take a heavy toll on the body. Many injuries are noticeable right away, but there are others that might appear days after the wreck.
Paying attention to how you’re feeling may help determine if something is amiss. While most spinal cord injuries are noticeable right away, you should ensure you seek medical attention if you notice any of these signs of a spinal cord injury after the crash.
Weakness in the limbs
Spinal cord injuries are either complete or incomplete. Complete injuries are likely going to cause paralysis right away. Incomplete injuries may not cause paralysis because there’s still some nerve pathways that are connected at the site of the injury. Incomplete injuries are associated with weakness in limbs below the site of the injury.
Reduction in sensation
Incomplete spinal cord injuries can lead to a reduction in the sensation in the area below the injury. You may not be able to feel touches and pain like you did before you suffered the injury. It’s also possible to have a loss of the ability to feel hot or cold things in the area.
Burning or shooting pain in the spine
Spinal cord injuries cause nerve damage, which may lead to shooting or burning sensations in the back. These are signs that there’s damage that needs to be addressed.
Injured individuals can choose to seek compensation for the damages they have due to the crash. The cost of medical treatment and missed wages are two that are commonly included. Working with someone familiar with these matters can help you to get things done within the time limit. Plus, you’ll be able to focus on healing.