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Category: Spinal Cord Injury

Common Texas Accidents That Lead To Quadriplegia Injuries

What is Quadriplegia?

Quadriplegia is paralysis or inability to move all four limbs (arms and legs) as well as the patient’s torso. Quadriplegia also affects the person’s ability to feel his or her extremities.

What Causes Quadriplegia?

Quadriplegia is commonly caused by injury or trauma to the spinal cord as a result of a serious accident such a motor vehicle crash, a traumatic fall, or other type of traumatic injury. Quadriplegia can also be caused by other things as well, including stroke or other medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or Lou-Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

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What is a Whiplash Injury?

If you’ve been in a Texas auto accident, you may have found that symptoms like head and neck pain, stiffness, or dizziness didn’t set in until a day or two after the crash.  You may have wondered why you suddenly felt terrible when, at the time of the accident, you thought you had escaped unharmed.

If this sounds familiar, you should see a doctor immediately.  Many patients who report similar symptoms, especially after a rear-end or front-end crash, discover that they are suffering from a neck sprain or similar injury.  Other serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries or neck fractures, may cause similar symptoms.  All of these conditions can lead to serious complications if they are not treated by a medical professional.

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World Health Organization Provides Insight into the Consequences of Spinal Cord Injuries

The latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that about 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) every year. The majority of these injuries results from traumatic events, such as traffic collisions, falls, and violence.

Perhaps the most alarming finding is that poor medical care and rehabilitation accounts for many of the consequences that arise from SCI and not necessarily the injury itself. Survivors that cannot afford or do not have access to proper medical treatment, assistive devices, and surgical procedures are at a greater risk for developing dangerous secondary conditions, such as pressure ulcers, infections, and respiratory illnesses.

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Spinal Cord Injuries and Rollover Auto Accidents

Texas Spinal Cord DamageAccording to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas roadways have experienced an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities. In 2012, the number of deaths increased by 10 percent compared to 2011 and nearly half of the people killed were reportedly not wearing seat belts.

One of the most common and traumatic injuries that occur in serious car crashes is damage to the spinal cord.  The strong impact of a collision can cause the spine to bend, fracture, and dislocate, particularly around the head and neck, where the spinal column is the most vulnerable.

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