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How the spinal cord is labeled and spinal cord injuries

The human body is truly an incredible thing. Each human body part has its own function, and together they make the body work. As people in Florida may have found out first-hand, however, an injury to any part of the body can limit what the person can do. For instance, injuries to the spinal cord or the brain can affect the whole body.

The brain creates the messages and the spinal cord delivers them to where they need to go. Spinal cord injuries prohibit the messages from the brain from reaching their destination. This means that the function the body part was suppose to do will not get done.

There are many parts to the spinal cord, and each vertebrae is labeled. There are four sections of the spinal cord: cervical (C), thoracic (T), lumbar (L) and sacral (S). Each vertebrae is numbered within each region. For example, if there was an injury to the C-2 vertebrae, then the injury occurred in the second vertebrae in the cervical region.

Where the injury occurred generally determines what will be affected by the injury. The worst injuries are in the C-1 through C-3 region and allow limited movement to the head and neck. In fact, the person could be paralyzed from the head down. The least severe injuries occur in the S region and affects a person's sensory in the hips and legs. It cause can loss of bowel control and other issues. In between are the rest of the C region and the T and L regions. The lower the injury on the spine the more movement the person may experience.

Any spinal cord injury can cause major problems for people in Florida, and their lives may never be the same. This can be very devastating, but if the injury was caused due to another's negligence the victim may want to seek compensation for the injury. Legal professionals understand how much spinal cord injuries change a person's life and may be able to protect one's rights.

Source: Brainandspinalcord.org, "Numbers and Letters" accessed on March 21, 2016

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