Spine disorders like spinal injuries can cause great changes in a person’s ability to move, feel and respond to certain stimuli.
The spinal cord is a part of the body’s central nervous system along with the brain and the nerves. It functions as a pathway as well as houses the spinal nerves. The spinal cord is protected by the spinal canal that is made up of spinal bones, discs, cerebrospinal fluid, and the meninges. The length of the spinal cord is approximately 45cm for men and 42cm for women with at least 2cm diameter.
Any damages or injuries to the spinal cord can affect an individual big time. It may lose his ability to feel sensations, or even move. For example, locomotion or the ability to walk, the brain would send messages to the muscles via the spinal cord where there are neurons that would transmit these electrical impulses to the muscles for them to move with coordination.
Therefore any disorders or injury to the spinal cord is considered a medical emergency. By getting the right proper care and treatment, the spinal cord can be treated and saved. Though there is no cure for spinal cord disorders however some can be cured.
The following are some of the spinal cord disorders that can affect the function of the spinal cord.
- Burst fracture
- Cancer of the spin
- Cauda equine syndrome
- Cervical herniated disc
- Chiari malformation
- Childhood scoliosis
- Coccydynia tailbone pain
- Compression and wedge spinal fractures
- Degenerative disc disease topic center
- Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis
- Dicogenic low back pain
- Drop foot
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Fixed sagittal imbalance
- Flatback syndrome
- Herniated disc
- Lower back pain
- Lumbago: Mild to Severe Low Back pain
- Lumbar Radiculopathy: Low Back and Leg Pain
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Osteoarthritis of the Spine
- OSteomyelitis (Spinal Bone Infection)
- Pediatric Spinal Tumors
- Sacroiliac joint
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
There are still many spinal disorders that are not mentioned here.
If you think you are suffering from Spine Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Spine Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).