What is Central Cord Syndrome?
Central cord syndrome (CCS) is a type of spinal cord injury caused by an accident or traumatic event that damages the spine, resulting in impaired motor functionality in the upper extremities. CCS is defined by its disproportionate impairment of upper versus lower extremities, but can also be marked by a loss of bowel and bladder control.
The type of injury that causes CCS damages the nerve fibers that carry information from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord. The severity of the damage done will directly impact the amount a patient with CCS suffers, the level of treatment required, and the overall impact on their ability to work and enjoy life.
Are There Treatments for Central Cord Syndrome?
Treatments for CCS include reduced activity, back braces, or surgery for severe cases. Physical therapy and prescription drugs are almost certainly part of the recovery process as well. Because the time for recovery can require immobility, your quality of life, along with your ability to provide for yourself and your family, can be negatively impacted.
The compression, contusion, and laceration injuries that can result in CCS are so often obtained at work, or through an Indiana accident, but your suffering does not decrease just because it was obtained accidentally. It is important to have a lawyer with sufficient experience in CCS on your side to ensure you are able to take the time you need to recover fully.
If you or a loved one live in Indiana and are suffering from CCS, please contact the Truitt Law Offices for an initial consultation.