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Spinal Trauma & Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Information
Treatment for spinal trauma involves stabilizing the spine to encourage healing. If the spinal cord is injured, we use leading-edge surgery to reduce pressure on the nerves in order to maintain function.
Several diagnostic tests are used to diagnose and confirm a spinal cord injury. They include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test
Our treatments include:
- Medicines. Corticosteroids and other medicines reduce swelling and pain in and around the spinal cord.
- Bracing. To promote healing, your physician may fit you with a back brace or neck collar to immobilize your spine.
- Surgery. Depending on your specific injury, surgery may be needed to stabilize your spine and reduce pressure on the spinal cord. Your neurosurgeon may need to remove bone fragments from your spinal canal. Our surgical specialties and technologies include:
- Intraoperative MRI. We are the first health system in Indiana to perform image-guided surgery. Your neurosurgeon uses these images of your spine to perform the best procedure possible.
- Laminectomy. This surgical procedure involves the removal of bone or bone fragments that are putting pressure on the spinal cord.
- Spinal fusion. To stabilize and realign your spine, your neurosurgeon may fuse some of the vertebrae. Rods, screws and cages are used to stabilize the spine in the right position to alleviate pain.
- Minimally invasive technique for screw placement. We use computer-guided images and minimally invasive techniques to place screws in the spine to add strength and stability.
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation. Spinal trauma can cause pain and debilitation, especially in the elderly population. Our physical and occupation therapists and physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians) can help restore your functions of daily living. Therapies include:
- Neurological rehabilitation. If there is spinal cord damage, special rehabilitation services help you re-train your brain and muscles to gain normal mobility and movement.
- Assistive devices. Some people with spinal cord injuries may need assistive devices to aid breathing. Cervical spine injuries can affect the muscles needed to breathe normally. The spinal cord needs large amounts of oxygen to promote healing.
We also advance care through clinical studies:
- Research. Our involvement in many different research efforts gives you access to clinical trials and advanced treatments. We are currently studying and testing new treatments for spinal trauma, including ways to treat ligament damage between the skull and the top of the cervical spine and different techniques for placing stabilizing screws in the spine. We are also testing medicines that may limit nerve damage due to inflammation.
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Spinal Trauma & Spinal Cord Injury Support Services
Learn more about spinal trauma and spinal cord injury treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Spinal Trauma & Spinal Cord Injury Support Services
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
This nonprofit foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for those living with paralysis.
Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine compiles this online encyclopedia of back and neck pain conditions.