Spinal Cord Injury – Carrollton, TX
Dr. James Allen Guess M.D. is a board certified neck and spine specialist serving patients across Carrollton, TX. He is known for providing complete treatment for various spinal cord injuries like Spinal Stenosis, Fractures, Spinal Deformity etc.

Spinal Cord Injury

Several vertebrae are stacked over each other to form a spine. Spinal cord is a group of nerves that runs in the hollow space (central canal) between the vertebrae. The small openings in the spine let the nerves branch out, which carry messages from brain to the other body parts. An injury to the spinal cord, may hamper the functioning of autonomic nervous system, leading to loss of sensation and muscle activity.

Causes Of Spinal Cord Injury

  • Twisting of the head
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Injuries caused during shallow water dives
  • Degenerative conditions and tumors
  • Infections such as HIV and Tuberculosis
  • Physical trauma due to rapid forward or backward movement of the head
  • Conditions like Disc Herniation, Spinal Cord Vascular Disease, Osteoarthritis, etc.

Symptoms Of Spinal Cord Injury

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Flushed Skin
  • Blurred Vision
  • Nasal congestion
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Impaired breathing
  • Numbness or loss of sensation
  • Decreased control on the legs
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • Altered skeletal muscle performance
  • An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the affected area

Diagnosis Of Spinal Cord Injury

X-Ray test may provide visuals of deformities and misalignments in the spine. MRI and CT scan may also be suggested to have a clearer view of the damaged soft tissues.

Treatment For Spinal Cord Injury

  • Medications: Intravenous medications may be administered to the patients to reduce inflammation and damage caused to nerve cells.
  • Immobilization: Traction may help the patients to stabilize and restore the normal functioning of the spine. The doctor may also ask the patients to wear neck collars to keep the spine in correct position and restrict its movement.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention may be required to relieve excess pressure on the cord and reinstate spine’s working. The orthopedic surgeon may remove damaged bone fragments and reposition the dislocated vertebrae in the herniated discs.

Prevention Of Spinal Injuries

  • Do not drink and drive
  • Wear seat belts while driving
  • Measure the depth of water before diving
  • Do not dive head-on in water less than 9 feet deep
  • Wear protective gear while playing sports
  • Prevent falls
  • Stay physically active
  • Lift weights correctly

For complete treatment of Spinal Cord Injury, contact Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane Carrollton, Texas 75010.