The spine is made up of many vertebrae. These are divided into the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae. Each section is numbered from the top down, starting with the number one in each case. Thus, the C6 vertebra is midway down the thoracic section, about halfway down the length of the spine. A C6 spinal injury can be partial or complete, depending on the severity of the injury and how it occurred.
An injury to this part of the spine can result in problems with specific muscles in the body. These tend to be the wrist extensors, the muscles in the shoulders that hold them in position, and the latissimus dorsi. The latter assists you in lifting and moving your pelvis.
Coping with paralysis
It is impossible to imagine how a person feels when they sustain a spinal cord injury. Paralysis can potentially occur below the point at which the injury occurs. This can be mild, temporary or permanent, depending on what happened and how serious the injury is.
Adjusting to life in a wheelchair – especially if you were very active before – takes time and can be very hard. Many people benefit from physiotherapy, and some benefit from speaking to someone about their condition and how they are feeling, too. Any help you can receive while coming to terms with your condition can make a big difference.
Did someone else cause the accident that led to your C6 spinal injury?
No one steps out of their house intending to cause an accident that will leave someone else paralysed for the rest of their life. However, inattentiveness and carelessness can lead to accidents very easily indeed. If someone else was negligent and this caused the accident that led to your C6 spinal injury, you have a chance to claim compensation.
If you are successful in your case, your future could be much easier to navigate with finances behind you. Call our specialist advisors today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if using a mobile. Find out whether Accident Advice Helpline could support you in making a no-win, no-fee compensation claim to seek damages for the accident that changed your life. We are experienced in handling similar claims, so you can rest assured we are here to help. Find out how easy it is to get the information and support you’re looking for.