Which part of the spine is more prone to injury in Vacaville

The Part Of The Spine Is Most Prone To Injury in Vacaville

Chiropractic Vacaville CA Part Of The Spine Is More Prone To Injury

Which part of the spine is more prone to injury?

There are several areas of the spine that are vulnerable, but the one that's the most at-risk of them all is the one around the neck. If you are involved in a car accident, you are likely to experience whiplash in that area of your neck. For severe cases, you could suffer from paralysis.

To understand the vulnerability of your spine in Vacaville, you need to know several aspects of it, the function of those areas, and how they are prone to injury.


Understanding basic spinal anatomy in Vacaville

You must undergo years of medical school to fully understand the functions of the spine. But apart from that, you can still learn about the basics so that you can have an idea of what and why it happened.

The neck - at risk for injury and strain

Your cervical spine is located at the base of your skull and the area where your spine starts. There are 7 vertebrae that extend to your neck and upper back region. When you are involved in a minor accident, you will experience tendon and ligament strain or muscle spasms in that area. This kind of injury doesn't require surgery and may heal on its own after a few weeks.

This area of the spine can also have the following injuries:

  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease

These injuries may require surgery and it could make you permanently disabled or constantly suffer from chronic pain.

Middle of the back - thoracic spine anatomy

There are 12 vertebral areas that make up your upper and middle back regions called the thoracic spine. They are also attached to your rib cage, and each level is vital in providing you stability.

The injuries in this area are rare unless you are involved in a catastrophic accident. These accidents are so severe that they can crush the human body, in which thoracic injuries are likely to happen. When that happens, the blood supply to that area is low, which may lead to stroke, paralysis, and other life-threatening conditions.

Lower back - the most prone

Your lower back (lumbar) contains 5 motion segments. This is the part where it's most vulnerable to injury and the pain could even radiate all throughout the body, particularly in the arm or leg.

You could even suffer from spasms, severe muscle strain, and radiating pain in the extremities that could last for weeks or months after the injury. A structural problem can happen due to a serious impact on the lower back, which may require surgery.

Sacrum region - the lowest part of the spine

The sacrum can be found just below the spine, wherein it connects to the pelvic region of the body. If you are in a car accident, you will normally feel pain in these areas. In catastrophic injuries with crushed bodies, a shattered pelvis bone could be life-threatening.

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