Spinal injuries may be the result of direct force, such as a blow to the back, or indirect force, such as a blow to the head that injures the neck. Spinal injuries may result from a car accident; surfing, diving and skiing accidents; a heavy fall from a height; or a blow from a falling object. Injury to the spine is always a possibility if a casualty is unconscious after a head injury.
Spinal injuries - anywhere from the neck to the pelvis - must always be treated as serious, though injuries to the vertebral bones are less serious than injuries to the spinal cord that they enclose and protect. If spinal injury is suspected, the casualty must be handled with extreme care to prevent further damage to the spinal cord.
Symptoms and signs
If the spinal cord is damaged, there may also be
First aid treatment
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