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Spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury is the result of trauma to the cells or nerves in the spinal cord. This damage can come in the form of bruising, compression or tearing. In extreme cases, a spinal cord injury can cause paralysis and damage to the sensory and reflex functions.


These symptoms depend on the severity of the spinal cord injury. They can include difficulty breathing, pain in the injured area, bed sores, muscle spasms, sexual dysfunction and infections in the lung or bladder.


Spinal cord injuries require immediate treatment when they are severe. The neurosurgeon will determine the best treatment option for spinal cord injuries on an individual basis. These treatments can include adapting methods to relieve spinal cord compression, drug therapy and stabilizing the vertebrae.

Source: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Home Remedy Book

Our educational Internet site is an online encyclopedia on spine care. Patients visiting our spine center in Ann Arbor receive a free 36-page Home Remedy Book that has symptom charts and customized stretches that relieve pain.

Dr. Brodkey performing surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Ann Arbor Spine Care surgeons use state of the art minimally invasive techniques and instrumentation to help patients recover in a shorter period of time and allow for a quicker return home.