The spinal cord helps transmit nerve signals from the brain to every other part of the body. It's an essential link between the brain and the body, helping your brain control your movements, involuntary movements and more.
What you may be interested to know is that the spinal cord is actually only around 18 inches long. It extends from the bottom of the brain down through the middle of the back, stopping at around the waist. Your spinal cord is protected by vertebra, which are designed to absorb impact and prevent damage to the spinal cord.
When the spinal column, or the vertebrae, are damaged, you may or may not see damage to the spinal cord. However, if the vertebrae are impacted hard enough, like could happen in a high-speed collision, there is a risk that they could put pressure on the spinal cord or that the cord could be cut off completely.
When you think about the spinal cord and spinal injuries, remember that lower injuries tend to be less serious. They affect fewer organs and body parts. The higher the injury, the worse it tends to be. For example, an injury to the spinal cord in the neck could leave you paralyzed and have organ involvement, whereas damage to the bottom vertebrae may lead to one or both legs having paralysis or dysfunction.
How can you adapt to living with a spinal injury?
You should know that every injury is different, and the treatments that you receive will be catered to you. Adapting is possible, especially if you are able to receive financial support from the at-fault party that caused your injuries.