Spinal Cord Injuries Explained
The news that a baby has been born with a birth injury can be devastating for a parent. A baby’s spinal cord can be injured during the birthing process due to many different issues. Complications or difficult births may result in a spinal cord injury.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can include a lack of feeling and muscle control, which results in floppy limbs. Severe spinal cord injuries include permanent paralysis or lack of control in different parts of the body.
There are two types of spinal cord injury:
- Complete: If there is no feeling and ability to control movement below the affected area, it is a complete injury.
- Incomplete: If there is some feeling below the affected area, the spinal cord injury is considered incomplete.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can resemble those of cerebral palsy, which is a movement disorder caused by a birth injury that damages the brain. It is for this reason that spinal cord injury is sometimes misdiagnosed as a form of cerebral palsy.
The good news is that while spinal cord injuries cannot be cured, they can be treated. The developing nerve cells in babies may allow the growing child to possibly recover some function.
Sometimes the cause of a spinal cord injury is not immediately clear. However, there are cases of spinal cord injury that have been caused by medical negligence.