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There are many tests to help diagnose a spinal cord injury

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident, there is no denying the fact that you will be shaken up. While this is normal, you don't want to let it cloud your judgment. For example, you need to receive immediate medical attention.

Remember this: Not all spinal cord injuries present symptoms right away. There is a chance that it could take some time to realize that something is wrong.

Once you make your way to the hospital, you'll realize that you are in good hands. Your medical team can order a variety of tests to diagnose your injury. These include but are not always limited to the following:

  • X-ray. This is one of the first tests a doctor will order if there is any reason to believe you are dealing with a spinal cord injury. It gives doctors a clear idea of any problems in the spinal column.
  • CT scan. In addition to an x-ray, a CT scan can be used to give doctors a more clear view of any abnormalities that exist.
  • MRI. This is helpful for pinpointing specific types of injuries, such as a herniated disk or anything that could be causing spinal cord compression.

After your body has time to rest, typically after a couple days, your medical team will conduct a thorough neurological exam to better understand the level of your spinal cord injury. This will provide a clear idea of what type of treatment strategy is best for you moving forward.

A spinal cord injury is every bit as serious as it sounds, so you don't want to ignore any pain or discomfort. Even a minor injury to this part of your body can cause long-term damage.

Once you know your injuries and prognosis, don't hesitate to learn more about the cause of your car accident, how to make an insurance claim, and your legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, it's possible that you could seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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