How is a spinal cord injury diagnosed?
If you suspect that you have sustained a whiplash injury in Boldon as a result of an accident, you need to see a doctor or go to the hospital as soon as possible in order to get the condition diagnosed and be treated as soon as possible. These types of injuries are serious and can lead to you being paralysed or even death if they go unchecked.
If you do think that you may have a spinal cord or whiplash injury in Boldon, you should not move at all and alert others to get the emergency services out as soon as possible. Paramedics will be able to safely move you to a medical facility, where you can be diagnosed and treated quickly.
If the accident which caused your spinal cord or whiplash injury in Boldon was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation. Our team will talk you through the incident leading up to your injury, helping you to decide whether or not you have a strong enough case for a successful claim. If you do, then you will be passed over to an experienced in-house injury lawyer who can start work on your case on a 100% no win no fee* basis.
The amount of time that is takes for you to see a doctor and be diagnosed with a spinal cord injury is critical, as the longer you go undiagnosed the more likely it is that you will suffer complications that can lead to permanent damage. Your injury will be diagnosed in a number of ways.
The doctor will look for symptoms of a spinal cord injury first, which will give them a good idea of what they are looking out for. Symptoms include:
- Back or neck pain;
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs; and
- Loss of bowel or bladder control.
Testing by touch
The doctor will gently touch areas of your body to see if you have any sensation there, and if there is pain in certain areas. The doctor may gently touch along your spine to see where any pain is radiating from, as well as testing the reflexes in your arms and legs.
You must get to a hospital as quickly as you can, as an X-ray will usually be the best way for a doctor to tell if you have a spinal cord injury or not. An X-ray will identify any fracture or dislocation in the vertebrae of the spine. This may not be evident, and in some cases the damage will be to the soft tissues. In this case, a CT scan is the best way to identify this type of injury.
Date Published: 30th April 2014
Author: David Brown