Spinal Cord Compression

Chapman Spine and Orthopedic Institute

When a spine injury takes place, such as an impact, fall or accident, the spinal cord can be compressed resulting bruising the nerve bundle, nerve damage or compression resulting in other symptoms. Our team of spinal injury specialists will evaluate the condition through a series of tests to determine the best and least invasive treatment for the condition, based on the test information. The part of the spinal cord that is affected will be determined through an MRI to view the area. A CT scan or X-ray as well as physical evaluation of the injury site will be used to thoroughly identify the problem area and to assist in determining what treatment will be used in the specific case.

Symptoms of Spinal Cord Compression

The symptoms experienced by those who have suffered spinal cord compression include lack of ability to perform motion, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness or pain, and in the most serious cases the individual may suffer from inability to move, control the bladder or other serious symptoms. The thorough diagnosis of the cause of the symptom is critical when determining what treatment will be applied to the patient.

The condition underlying the symptoms of spinal compression often include a herniated disc, bleeding, the possibility of infection such as an abscess pressing on the spine, or a tumor that had been unidentified but is now pressing on the spine creating the symptoms. It is vital to get this condition diagnosed as to its actual cause if it is unknown, as some of the possible underlying causes are serious illness or pose danger to the future health of the patient.

Our team of specialists has an extensive knowledge of all types of spinal injuries, infections and treatments, and is dedicated to finding the most up-to-date and least invasive resolution for our patients. Treatment of the condition will vary based upon the actual cause of the condition, the extent of the compression, and the treatment that is considered to be best suited to the specific cause in our patient’s case.

Contact the Spine and Orthopedic Institute at Chapman for the most modern, least invasive treatments for spinal compression.