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Spinal Injuries

When there is damage to the spinal cord or its nerves, there is the risk of a temporary or permanent spinal injury. These injuries can occur when the spine is hit with a hard blow due to trauma. There can be a permanent loss of function, strange sensations, and weakness with a spinal injury. However, many treatments are available for spinal cord injuries, such as assistive devices, surgery, and rehabilitation. To learn more, speak with Icon Medical Centers to review available options.

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Incomplete Spine Injury

These spinal injuries are less severe and occur when you can still feel some sensations around the injury site. This means that the spinal cord can still convey messages between the brain and the rest of the body through the central nervous system.

Anterior Cord Syndrome

This incomplete cord syndrome happens when only two-thirds of the spinal cord is damaged in the anterior region. This injury is typically caused by ischemia that occurs within the anterior spinal artery. When this happens, there is some motor paralysis right below the affected region of the injury. You can experience loss of pain and the inability to feel the temperature in this area. Compared to other spinal cord injuries, the prognosis of anterior cord syndrome is the worst. This is because there is a high mortality rate associated with this spinal injury, as well as a lower recovery rate for hand-eye coordination and motor skills. A majority of patients have a complete loss of strength below the area of the injury.

Central Cord Syndrome

Central cord syndrome is the most common form of an incomplete spinal cord injury and typically only affects the arms, hands, and sometimes the legs. The brain is blocked from sending signals to the body in these regions because the injury has caused swelling or bleeding in corticospinal or spinothalamic tracts. Typically, changes in sensations are associated with this spinal cord disease. The affected individual may feel a sharp band around their abdomen below where the injury occurred. There is a noticeable decrease in sensation where the patient can’t feel the same intensity of touch, heat, or pain. That is because the main tracts affected by central cord syndrome include the spinothalamic and corticospinal tracts. The prognosis for central cord syndrome is better for younger individuals, where a majority of patients recover. However, those aged 50 or older have a lower rate of recovery.

Brown-Sequard Syndrome

Brown-Sequard syndrome is a rare neurological condition. The syndrome occurs when there is a lesion in the spinal cord that causes paralysis or weakness on one side of the body while the other side of the body experiences loss of sensation. The symptoms of this disorder include weakness or paralysis on the side of the body that is on the same side of the spinal cord lesion. Additionally, the patient will feel a loss of temperature and pain sensation on the opposite side of the body where the lesion occurred. This occurs because the lateral hemisection of the spinal cord gets severed across the pyramidal tract, the spinothalamic tract, and the dorsal column. This type of injury is the rarest of other incomplete spinal injuries and is least likely to happen. The injury can be caused by ischemia, tumors, trauma, inflammatory disease, and infectious diseases. Recovery from this syndrome typically happens within a one to two month period after the injury and begins to slow down for the following three to six months. It can take up to 2 years for a full recovery.

What Treatments Are Available for Spinal Injuries?

If a spinal injury results in herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, or bone fractures, it can require surgery. This will help relieve pressure from a compressed spine because some areas are too weak to support the vertebral column. If there continues to be mild to severe pain, a chiropractor can help set the spine’s bones to improve the spine’s structure while it heals. For injuries that result in paralysis, a paraplegic or quadriplegic person can also receive physical therapy. These are just some of the many treatments available for spinal injuries.

How Do I Learn More About Spinal Injuries?

If you seek additional advice, you can speak to an educated medical representative to help inform you about what types of spinal injury treatments you can receive. Surgery is not the only option, as many other strategies can be formulated for your particular injury. You can consider massage and physical therapy, or you may want to start with a workplace injury trainer to help you get back to your job despite your injuries. Call Icon Medical Centers to learn more about what can be done for your spinal injury.

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Jackie Ferenczi
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I got into a car accident in Miami 3 weeks ago and I am treating at Icon Medical Centers cause my PCP couldn't take me cause he didn't take my car insurance. So I found this place online so I figured let me try it out because my back was killing me. Everyone in this place creates an enjoyable atmosphere. I have been going here for a couple weeks now and would recommend anyone to go for chiropractic or massage therapy. The doctors treatment plans are always honest and pressure free. The staff is always friendly and personable. I appreciate the experience and again advise anyone to visit their practice.
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Got in a wreck 2 weeks ago and I googled this Medical office and I have to say WOW amazing! This place is treats you like VIP, I wasn’t expecting to get such good therapy in Miami, After a couple treatments I’m feeling super loose and sleeping much better, I was in bad shape when I first came in. Ernesto is an amazing therapist others are great as well.
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This is an excellent clinic, All the doctors are wonderful and also the staff are wonderful as well. I had it a horrendous headache and muscles spams due to a slip & fall. Since I been coming to take my therapy and alignments I feel so much better!! This is what I expect when visiting a doctors office: Friendly staff, a clean and comfortable atmosphere, and most importantly a knowledgeable and professional doctors who instills trust. This is exactly what I found during my visit to Icon Medical Centers in Miami. After one visit with Dr Hatgis, I learned what was causing my pain and received treatment. I feel great. Thank you very much for caring so much for your patients <3
Jimmy Baker
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I was injured in a bad Uber accident and had to receive treatment for my back, I was not only in severe pain but I became depressed. Icon Medical Centers began treating me and the professionalism and expertise that they all displayed gave me the assurance I need to be able to cope with the experience of being temporarily disabled. All the doctors here always are professional and show concern and empathy to all of there Patients needs. The Staff members are very professional and knowledgeable in their profession they always greet you with a Smile and those smiles really lifted my Day's. Keep up the great Work It's important to know if your injured that you are in good hands. Thank you Sincerely
Kristin Clark
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Had an car accident , could not walk more then 5-10 min , after visiting this center for couple weeks , I started feeling the difference... place is always clean and neat... Doctors are extremely friendly and professional... girls from front desk are amazing , they are all so sweet. This place has some of the BEST Massage Therapists, they are all sooooooo nice and professional...
Lucy Pickard
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I want to start to say thank you Icon Medical for treating myself and 2 kids like family ;))) I came to this medical office cause our primary Doctor refused to see us because we got injured in an accident and he told me he couldn’t see us. So I researched for a reputable place in Miami and this place was my top choice. Since I am a nurse at a hospital, I saw this clinic was accredited by the Joint Commision, which is VERY hard to get. Trust me I know how difficult it is to get such a high accreditation. But anyways I want to say from the staff & Doctors you all are amazing and we all feel so much better coming here and treating for our injuries. Ps They have parking
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