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How can you test for a spinal injury after an accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2019 | Firm News |

A catastrophic injury after a car accident comes with a lasting impact. After a Georgia car accident, spinal injuries can be a common serious injury. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no way to reverse spinal cord damage once it occurs. While there are always new treatments to help a patient function and to make his or her life easier, these injuries are life changing. 

In the event of a car accident, urgent medical attention is crucial, particularly if you may have a spinal injury. Medical professionals should immobilize the spine speedily and gently. Often, they will use a rigid neck collar and carrying board to bring patients to the hospital. Directly after the accident, medical professionals will focus on preventing shock, preventing further spinal damage and avoiding any other complications. 

The diagnosis of the spinal cord injury may occur with simple examination and sensory tests, but the signs may not always be obvious. If you are unconscious during the tests or if there are less obvious signs, then the doctors may choose other diagnostic tests. To diagnose a spinal injury, doctors can use x-rays that reveal vertebral problems, fractures and other issues of the spine. Additionally, a doctor may use an MRI. MRIS use magnetic fields and radio waves. These images can identify herniated discs or blood clots. CT scans may also provide a closer look at the spine with cross-sectional images. 

Sometimes, a doctor will wait until the swelling subsides to conduct a more comprehensive exam to test the level of injury. 

The above information is meant to be informational; it is not legal advice.