Researchers Recommend Erect Radiographs to Diagnose Spinal Cord Injury

X-ray of a spine injuryPersons who have suffered a spinal cord injury may not always have their injuries diagnosed by a supine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or computed topography (CT) scan.  New research suggests that an erect radiograph may be necessary to diagnose cervical spine injury.

The report published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery claims that cervical spinal injuries were not diagnosed in a few patients who had been subjected to a magnetic resonance imaging scan and computed topography scan.

The researchers based their findings on 4 patients, who had suffered cervical spine injuries, and whose injuries had not been diagnosed either by MRI scans of CT scans.  The injuries were only diagnosed after an erect radiograph of the cervical spine.  These scans were able to detect anomalies that were not present on the CT scans or MRI scans.

The researchers therefore are recommending that erect radiographs be used in cases involving patients who have suffered blunt trauma to the spine in a workplace accident or a car accident.  This may ensure that unstable cervical spine injuries are diagnosed in time.

Persons who suffer a spinal cord injury may not be able to enjoy the same kind of independence that they used to earlier.  If the injury involves paralysis of the hands, arms, or legs, the person may no longer be able to return to the kind of work that he performed earlier.

Persons who have suffered a spinal cord injury may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.  However, every person with a spinal injury is not eligible for benefits.  In order to qualify for SSD benefits, it’s important that you be able to prove that your spinal injury has prevented you from working in any capacity.  The injury must also have lasted for one year, or must be expected to last for at least one year.

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