After a severe crash or accident, you may walk away assuming you had no further injuries than what you noticed immediately after.
However, spinal cord trauma can become increasingly more obvious as time goes on. Learning about the symptoms and problems you may face can help you.
Trouble with movement
According to the Mayo Clinic, struggling to move around and walk as you did before is often a sign that you have serious injuries. Whether you cannot carry heavy items or you feel intense pain in your neck or back, you may struggle to complete everyday activities.
If you cannot hold onto items or you constantly become off-balance, you may have issues while working or operating your car. Having trouble turning your neck can also signal that something is wrong.
Trouble sensing temperatures
Preventing yourself from getting burns requires you to notice how hot or cold a surface is. When your sensory abilities fail, you cannot tell when you get a burn or skin injury. Spinal cord trauma can lead to a lack of touch sensitivity, which can prevent you from feeling hot or cold temperatures.
Trouble with breathing
A short while after an accident, you may not notice anything different with your breathing. However, an increase in mucus and issues with not getting enough breath can happen as the weeks or days continue. Intense coughing can irritate you and leave you frustrated.
Taking the time to notice several signs of spinal cord injuries may help you as you learn about workers’ compensation.