Can An MRI Identify Spinal Trauma?

  • Jun 08 2015
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

mri test for spinal traumaA new study that was recently published in the Journal of Spinal Disorder & Techniques examined the effectiveness of MRI in identifying spinal trauma in patients. The researchers reviewed 21 acute spinal trauma and 14 non-traumatic spine surgery patients’ records in the study, while two neuro-radiologists randomly evaluated the patients’ MRIs. The researchers found that the MRI had very good results in detecting the presence of a spinal injury but poor results in targeting the specific type of injury present and its exact location.

What this means is that when someone suffers a spinal injury in an accident, an MRI is a good diagnostic tool to rule out possible spinal trauma. However, it is not a good tool to use to determine whether surgery or any other treatment is appropriate. Other tests should be conducted before making any spinal injury treatment decisions.

How the Gilleon Law Firm, APC Helps Those Suffering from Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord one of the most important parts of the body because it:

  • Sends signals from the brain to the body
  • Coordinates reflexes
  • Enables mobility
  • Provides sensory awareness

When your spinal cord is injured, even moderately, you can suffer severe consequences.

Many individuals who injure their spine do so in an auto accident or other serious mishap that may not have been their fault. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to another’s negligence, the team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide comprehensive legal representation for spinal cord injury victims who suffer:

  • Paralysis – One of the mosttragic consequences of a spinal cord injury is paralysis. Damage anywhere along the spine can permanently disrupt messages between the brain and body.  Paralysis may be partial or total and it may affect the arms, legs or both.
  • Disc injuries -The vertebrae in your spine rest upon discs. These spongy cushions can be damaged during an accident, which can result in pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, pain, loss of reflexive ability and even numbness. Disc injuries can cause permanent, long-term pain as well as temporary discomfort, especially if not treated properly.

Spinal cord injuries are serious and can result in a lifetime of special needs and care. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, the Gilleon Law Firm, APC can offer you vigorous representation and counsel to fight for appropriate compensation.

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