Recently, in Pinnacle Gulf Beach, part of the San Francisco North Bay area, a teenager was injured while diving into the ocean. He misjudged the depth of the water and ended up doing damage to his neck and spinal cord. After the injury, he lost mobility and sensation in his lower body and had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be treated. Though he is still in treatment, his condition is improving, and he’s regained partial use of his body. His case is a fortunate one. The human body is a very powerful thing. It’s capable of surviving a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Broken bones, cuts, viruses, and infections- all of these are extremely dangerous, but our body has ways to cope. But though it’s very sturdy, it isn’t indestructible. And one of the most serious injuries it can suffer, second only to damage to the brain, is spinal trauma.
The spine is one of the linchpins holding the structure of our body together. Most of our bones ultimately connect to it. Almost all of our vital organs- our heart, our lungs, our digestive systems- are held in place by it and the rib cage. But even more important than those, vital to maintaining our mobility and regulating many of our body functions, is the nervous system. Totalling almost 60,000 miles of cells, every signal between our bodies and our brains runs through this cluster that acts as part of the command system for our life. If we want to touch, if we want to move, if we want to interact with the world around us, the nervous system makes that possible.
The nervous system is threaded through the vertebrae of the spinal cord. More than anything else, skeletal systems job is to keep that bundle of nerves protected. It’s a tough piece of armor. But, like anything in this world, it has its limits. Tough strikes like a direct blow to the neck or head can cause catastrophic damage to it. And when your spine is damaged, the nerves it protects often will be as well.
Of course, damage to the nerves is not necessarily permanent. Our body was designed to heal from injuries. Medical technology is advancing all the time, and we’re constantly growing more capable of treating damage to them. But they’re still very delicate things, and our knowledge of them is still growing. Often, any repairs doctors are going to be able to do will be limited. And it’s not just the physical danger that you have to worry about. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, spinal injuries often result in massive legal fees, money lost in time off work, and long, arduous recovery times. Once your body is injured, there’s no fully going back, and it can set your life back in many ways. For this reason, it’s important to always do your best to protect yourself.Read more