The lumbar spine contains 5 vertebral bones that form a lordotic curve (same as the cervical spine) and run through the lower back. The lumbar spine is more mobile than the thoracic spine yet also carries more weight, making it the most likely region of the spine to become injured and painful.
Which part of the spine is most commonly injured?
Understandably, the lumbar spine is the most commonly injured region of the spinal column. The lowest portion of the spine, the part that is connected to the pelvis, is called the sacrum.
What are the 2 main commonly injured areas of the spine?
The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas. SCI is a common cause of lifelong (permanent) disability and death in children and adults. The spine has 33 vertebrae.
Where do most spinal injuries occur?
The more common injuries occur when the area of the spine or neck is bent or compressed, as in the following: Falls. Motor vehicle accidents (automobiles, motorcycles, and being struck as a pedestrian)
How long does it take to walk after spinal cord injury?
The time period a patient needs to rehabilitate depends on the patient’s injury and ability to heal. Some patients can take a few weeks to regain the ability to walk, while others take several months or longer.
Is spinal cord damage permanent?
Complete spinal cord injuries are usually permanent. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may allow for some functional improvement over time.
Which area of the spine is most at risk for traumatic injury?
EPIDEMIOLOGY. Cervical spine injuries occur in 1.5% to 7.7% of all major trauma cases. The peak distribution of injury is at the C2 and C5-C6 levels. The highest prevalence is in 15- to 24-year-old males, with a smaller peak occurring in persons older than 55 years.
How long does a spinal cord injury take to heal?
Recovery, if it occurs, typically starts a week to six months after an injury. The fastest rate of recovery is often seen in the first six months, but some people experience small improvements for up to one to two years.
How do you know if your back injury is serious?
What are the symptoms of serious back injury?
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- problems with urinating or passing stool (poo)
- numbness or pins and needles to the arms, legs, hands or feet.
- blood in the urine.
Can the spinal cord repair itself?
Unlike tissue in the peripheral nervous system, that in the central nervous system (the spinal cord and brain) does not repair itself effectively.
What does a spinal fracture feel like?
Symptoms of a spinal fracture vary depending on the severity and location of the injury. They include back or neck pain, numbness, tingling, muscle spasm, weakness, bowel/bladder changes, and paralysis. Paralysis is a loss of movement in the arms or legs and may indicate a spinal cord injury.
How long do back injuries take to heal?
Back muscle strains typically heal with time, many within a few days, and most within 3 to 4 weeks. Most patients with mild or moderate lumbar strains make a full recovery and are free of symptoms within days, weeks, or possibly months.