Why are spine injuries so common?
Your spine has a big job to do. It protects the delicate spinal cord, maintains the upright position of the body and allows the flexibility necessary for movement. The spine is subject to considerable stress every day, which can lead to damage from wear and tear over time. The delicate structures of the back can also sustain injuries from traumatic events, such as car accidents and sports collisions. If your spine injury lands you in the Emergency Room at Southern Hills Hospital, you can count on our sophisticated Orthopedic and Spine Program to give you the superior care you deserve.
Spine injuries caused by wear and tear
One of the reasons why spine injuries are so common is that they can occur from the cumulative effects of years of micro-damage. Most often, degeneration of the spinal structures affect the top of the spine, known as the cervical region, and the bottom region of the spine, which is the lumbar region.
Watch this featured video to hear a neurosurgeon at Southern Hills Hospital discuss spine injuries in these areas. He notes that most of the mobility of the spine stems from these two regions, which subjects them to more strain. The following are some of the most common risk factors of spine injuries caused by wear and tear:
- Poor posture
- Being overweight/obesity
- Physical inactivity
- Job-related hazards
If mild to moderate back pain doesn’t go away in a few days, consider making a visit to the hospital.
Spine injuries caused by sudden trauma
When it appears that the spine has sustained sudden, severe trauma , emergency care is required. The emergency care doctor will consider the possibility that the spinal cord has been injured, which could cause permanent paralysis. Some of the possible causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Falling from an elevated position
- Motor vehicle accident
- Sports collision
- Diving accident
- Act of violence
It’s important not to move someone who might have injured the neck or back. Let the emergency responders handle this task.
Southern Hills Hospital has earned a reputation for unparalleled dedication to our patients in Las Vegas, which is one reason why our hospital attracts top orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Patients receive a continuum of care at our Orthopedic and Spine Program—from accurate diagnostics to minimally invasive spine surgery. Call 911 for emergency care or call a nurse at (702) 916-5023 to request a referral.