Spine injuries require quick action and specialist care
August 13, 2010
The spinal cord is our body’s major means of connectivity, our master communication system. That’s why a spinal cord injury can have widespread consequences and cause symptoms anywhere or everywhere in the body. The neurosurgeons of St. Mary’s Center for Brain & Spine Surgery focus on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and injuries of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves. They perform spine and neck surgeries more often than any other surgical procedure.
A spinal cord or nerve root injury can be caused by a vehicle or sports accident or a simple fall. “Even if they seem unrelated, it’s important to get medical attention if you experience symptoms after a trauma to your head, neck or back,” says Susan Hemley, MD, neurosurgeon. “The sooner you see a doctor, the more effective treatment and medication will be in relieving pain, repairing an injury, and reducing further problems.”
With experienced neurosurgeons, nursing, and technical staff and the latest diagnostic and surgical technology, St. Mary’s is the largest provider of neurosurgical services in western Colorado. Neurosurgeons also provide round-the-clock emergency services as part of St. Mary’s trauma team.
Seek medical help if you experience any of these symptoms following a trauma to the head, neck, or back:
• Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
• Tingling or loss of sensation in the hands, fingers, feet, or toes
• Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
• Urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, or retention
• Difficulty with balance and walking
• Band-like chest pressure or pain
• Difficulty breathing