After an accident you may have been taken to hospital where you needed to have a spinal cord injury x-ray and other tests to confirm a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can dramatically change your life and you may have limited mobility and sensation. If the accident which caused your injuries was not your fault, you have the right to seek justice and compensation. To find out if you have a case to be made, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
Incomplete spinal cord injury symptoms
Many people with an incomplete spinal cord injury may experience the following:
- Hemisensory loss (loss of sensation on one side of the body)
- Hemiplegia or hemiparesis (paralysis on one side of the body)
- Paraparesis (partial paralysis of the lower limbs)
- Paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body)
- Tetraplegia or quadriplegia (all four limbs are paralysed)
- Tetraparesis (where all four limbs are weakened)
- Ischuria (urinary retention/unable to completely empty the bladder)
- Erectile dysfunction
What other tests apart from a spinal cord injury x-ray are carried out?
An x-ray will confirm most cases of spinal cord injury but other tests such as reflex tests may be carried out. Some of these reflex tests include:
- Bublbocavernosus reflex to test the contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Babinski’s sign reflex done by stimulating the heel of the foot to the base of the toes to test the big toe.
- Superficial abdominal reflex done by stimulating the abdomen around the umbilicus (navel).
Other reflex tests may include the anocutaneous reflex and the cremasteric reflex.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you suffered from an accident which was so severe that you needed to have a spinal cord injury x-ray may have left you with severe motor and sensory problems which you will not recover from. You may be experiencing limited functions or you may be permanently paralysed below the injury area. To get the support and advice you need after such a life-changing accident, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Our understanding team can determine whether you have a claim to be made and we could even tell you how much compensation you could be eligible to receive. Call to speak to one of our friendly advisors over the phone on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen