What to Expect from Spine Injuries and Treatment
The basic structure of the spine is as follows: bony vertebrae are lined up vertically, with softer disks – which serve as shock absorbers – in between them. The spine is also home to millions and millions of nerves, as well as joints that enable movement. The complexity of the spine – and its importance for general motor function – make spinal injuries a serious concern for patients and doctors alike. One of the most common spinal injuries that occurs is a disk herniation, which can take a variety of degrees of severity: bulging, protrusion, and extrusion. Your spine’s natural curvature and alignment are crucial; when fractures and dislocations happen during an accident, that alignment is messed up, which can place the sensitive nerves of the spine under a lot of stress. For this reason, neurosurgeons and spine specialists act quickly in order to give patients the highest possible quality of care following a spinal injury. If you’re concerned about a spinal injury that you or a loved one have sustained, be sure to listen through Dr. Ragab’s expert insights in this episode.
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