Orthotic & Prosthetic Treatment For Spinal Cord Injury in Tacoma & Federal Way

Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-Services-33Spinal cord injuries can be serious and life altering. Spinal cord injuries may occur due to a traumatic event or disease.

Preferred O & P Services assists patients with spinal cord injuries, providing orthotic and prosthetic solutions to increase patient functionality.

The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord begins at the base of the brain and extends down the middle of the back, ending around the waist.

The spinal cord contains nerves called upper motor neurons (UMNs) which carry messages back and forth between the brain and the spinal tract. The spinal cord also contains nerves that extend from the spine to other parts of the body and are called lower motor neurons (LMNs). The LMNs carry messages between the spine and the parts of the body in which they are connected to.

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Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-Services-34The spinal nerves that communicate with specific parts of the body and connect at the vertebra. The vertebra are the rings of bones that make up the spinal column, sometimes called back bones. Vertebra are classified according to their location. Typically the higher up the spinal cord an injury happens, the greater the loss of function is for the patient.

There are eight vertebra in the neck called Cervical Vertebra. The top cervical vertebra is called C-1, followed by C-2 through C-8. Cervical spinal cord injuries normally cause loss of function in the arms and legs and can result in quadriplegia.

The chest region contains twelve vertebra called the Thoracic Vertebra. The thoracic vertebra which attaches to the top rib is called T-1 and they continue downwards to T-8. Spinal cord injuries to the thoracic vertebra typically affect the chest and legs and can result in paraplegia.

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Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-Services-35The five vertebra in the lower back between the thoracic vertebra and the pelvis are called the Lumbar Vertebra (L-1 through l-5). The five vertebra that run from the pelvis through the end of the spinal column are called the Sacral Vertebra (S-1 through S-5). Spinal cord injuries to the lumbar and sacral vertebra typically result in loss of function in the hips and legs.

Spinal cord injuries are divided in two types, complete and incomplete. A complete injury indicates there is no function, sensation or involuntary movement below the point of injury. With a complete injury both sides of the body are equally effected.

An incomplete injury indicates there is some level of functionality below the point of injury. A patient with an incomplete injury may feel a part of the body they cannot move or have greater functionality on one side of the body.

They type and location of a spinal cord injury will determine the severity of loss of function that results. Preferred O & P Services offers orthotic and prosthetic solutions to help patients regain some of the function lost to spinal cord injury.