Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a soft, fluid-filled sac that is encased within the bones of the spine and running from the base of the brain to the middle of the back. It contains nerves, blood vessels and cerebrospinal fluid. These nerves transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
An injury to this fragile structure is life-threatening and should be treated as a medical emergency. The most common cause of injury is through traumatic injury. Other non-traumatic causes are epidural haematomas (blood clots), spinal tumours/metastases, and epidural abscesses.