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How Do Spinal Injuries Affect Your Overall Wellbeing?

Your spine is not just the back bone in your body but also the backbone of your overall health. The spinal cord is the center of your nervous system and controls the gate control mechanism. As the name suggests, experiencing pain in any part of the body is most likely linked to your spinal health.

This is the reason why during earthquake drills and safety trainings, you’re first taught to protect your skull and back. This is because damage in this part of the body can mean serious impairment in other parts of the body.

Here are some spinal injuries and how they can affect your overall physical wellbeing.

Spinal Cord Reflexes

Your brain sends messages to other parts of the body to trigger some movement, using the spine as the communication channel.

Any injury caused to the spinal cord results in disrupting brain-to-body communication.

The nerves in the spine that are away from the location of the injury are able to receive and relay messages from the brain.

But since the spinal tracts are damaged, signals can’t be sent back up to the upper chamber. This is why the only movement possible is reflexes such as during a rough cough or when touched by something hot or cold.

Spinal Shock

A spinal shock occurs when there’s complete loss of sensation or movement below the level of injury. This could stretch from a few days to weeks at length. However, when your spine starts to recover, you’re likely to experience spasticity or stiffness below the level of injury. It’s difficult to prevent such an injury from happening and it recovers at its own pace as well.


A spinal cord injury can make breathing a labored process as well. This is because breathing requires the diaphragm, intercostals, and abdominal muscles to move in a rhythm.

The spinal injury can disrupt this rhythm. You’ll need to cough out the obstruction in lungs and clear the secretions and bacteria. Inability to clear out the secretions from the lungs can result in infections like pneumonia.

Neurogenic Shock

Your blood pressure and heart rate are determined by the brain, which sends signals through the spine to constrict blood vessels. This is how the brain raises the heart rate and keeps the blood pressure at par.

Failure to control constriction of blood vessels can cause low blood pressure and a slowed heart rate.

Dilation of blood vessels below the level of injury can cause blood pressure to fall if the head of the bed is raised abruptly. Since the blood vessels don’t receive the command to constrict and prevent blood rushing down, it can lead to orthostatic hypotension.

Chronic pain can be debilitating. You shouldn’t have to just live with it.

If you’ve suffered a back injury that has affected your spine, our Pain management doctors Hackensack NJ can help. We also have a clinic in Manhattan, New York. Contact us at +201-645-4336 to set up an appointment with our Pain relief doctors 07601.

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