Accidents (especially automotive accidents) are frightening experiences. But there is no accident more frightening than one which injures the spinal column.
An injury to this crucial part of the body can impair everything from speech to mobility.
But spinal injuries are more common than people think. Being aware of the six most common causes of spinal injuries is a great way to introduce yourself to potential dangers and be better informed in the interest of protecting your spine.
Healthy males aged 15 to 30 are the most common victims of spinal injuries. In fact, 80% of all injuries occur in this demographic.
The Leading Culprits
- Leading our pack of spinal injury culprits is the car accident. 40% of all spinal injuries are caused by these.
- A close second is falling. Of course, as we get older our balance may suffer, so we become much more likely to injure our spines as the result of a fall. Our bones are also less resistant to injury and our muscle tone tends to be slacker, over the age of 65.
- Amazingly, third place is held by violence from knives, guns and fist fights. A good reason to walk away from the conflict that may result in violence and subsequent injury.
- Sports is another top cause of spinal injuries. High contact sports like hockey, football and rugby are especially fertile ground for injury to the spine. But cheerleading and wrestling can get you injured too.
- Substances like alcohol and illegal drugs can impair your judgment, leading you to do things you wouldn’t, were you sober. A large number of spinal injuries involve the use of substances.
- Finally, diseases like osteoporosis, cancer and arthritis can weaken your spine to the point that it becomes much more vulnerable to injury.
We’re sure some of you, having read through this list of potential causes of spinal injuries, are now tempted to swath yourselves in bubble wrap to protect yourselves.
But don’t run down to the UPS store just yet. Let’s turn to our friend, horse sense, to guide us.
While car accidents can’t always be prevented, driving defensively is one way to avoid a nasty collision. Knowing how to drive effectively in all road conditions, staying sober to drive and not fiddling with your mobile device while behind the wheel are all helpful.
It’s the same with falling. It happens but if you take care with uneven pavements, install a handrail in your stairwell and wear footwear that’s slip proof, you can avoid a fall. And if you fall due to partaking in substances, well, you’ll either learn your lesson or you won’t.
Guns and knives are to be avoided at all costs – especially when one may be pointed at you and as for fist fights? Let’s try to be civil, shall we.
Disease is one thing that’s not always possible to avoid. If you’re one of those people struggling with disease that’s impacting the integrity of your spine, consult with us. We can help.