If you retain consciousness at the scene of a truck accident, car accident or other personal injury, there are a few steps you can take to maximize your chances of retaining your long-term mobility and minimizing the possibility of a spinal cord injury. First, keep as still as possible. Assess your physical situation: do you have free movement of your limbs? Do you notice any neck pain, back pain, spine pain, numbness, or muscle weakness? If any of your limbs are incapacitated, is it because they have been trapped by the wreckage or because you have lost sensation or are experiencing extreme pain? In either case, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you have retained the ability to speak, communicate your situation as clearly as possible to any nearby witnesses. If you are alone and do not expect passersby, you must weigh the risk of movement against the possibility that your injuries will worsen over time. If you believe your overall situation will decline without help, then you may have to risk attempting to contact others despite your injuries.
If you notice any neck pain or back pain after a truck accident, car accident or other personal injury, try to keep from moving these regions as much as possible. A serious spinal cord injury is not necessarily the most painful, due to the way the spinal nerves work. Spinal nerve pathways run the length of our spinal cord and provide physical sensation to much of the body. If they are damaged (such as by vertebral fragments during physical trauma), these fragments can pierce the spinal cord and lacerate the spinal nerve pathways. Patients with these spinal cord injuries often lose sensation below the point of trauma (paralysis). Lacerations do not necessarily have to occur, however. Sufficient force can also bruise the spinal cord and cause serious long-term health complications, including paralysis.
If you are experiencing back pain or a loss of sensation following a truck accident, car accident or other personal injury, it’s very important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. When paramedics, police officers, or other personnel arrive at the scene, communicate your symptoms as clearly and specifically as you can. Do not refrain from inconveniencing medical personnel for the sake of propriety. Seeking medical attention immediately and providing accurate information to medical personnel will give you the greatest chance at making a full recovery and minimizing long-term health complications. Once at the hospital or in the ambulance, medical personnel can begin advising you on how to further increase your chances of an effective recovery. If you retain consciousness during the journey to medical facilities, provide as much information as possible to your physician upon arrival.
Once at a medical facility, the doctors can further assess the situation, and perform a physical examination to determine what type of injury has occurred, and the best way to treat it. Patients will typically be on a spine immobilizer board until it is determined that they have not suffered a fracture of the spine. After a truck accident, car accident or other personal injury, patients will typically be placed in a hard cervical collar, sometimes known as a Philadelphia Collar, until it is determined that there is no fracture to the cervical spine (known as “clearing the C spine.”)
After a truck accident, car accident or other personal injury, the initial medical care is sometimes critical in determining what the eventual fate will be of the accident victim.
Neurosurgeons at the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX, are experts in caring for patients with spine injuries. Patients who have experienced a truck accident, a car accident, or other types of personal injury are evaluated. Whether the accident occurred recently, or in the distant past, patients are seen and cared for. After meeting with an expert at the KBNI, an history will be taken regarding the details and circumstances of the truck accident or car accident. Then, a physical examination will be performed, to assess the functioning of the body and nervous system. Then, imaging studies may be ordered, if necessary, to help determine the problem.
The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) in Houston TX takes care of patients in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Sugarland, Woodlands, Katy, Spring, Sealy, Baytown, Pearland, Beaumont, Galleria, Conroe, Humble, Kingwood, Port Arthur, Galveston, Texas Medical Center (TMC) and other Texas TX cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.
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