In the hustle and bustle of people’s daily lives, it is easy to dismiss minor aches and pains. However, these discomforts may be indicators of a latent spinal cord injury.
The spine is an important component of your body, and any injury to the spinal cord can have long-lasting effects.
Persistent numbness or tingling
One common sign is persistent numbness or tingling sensations, often going down the arms or legs. These sensations show nerve compression or damage along the spinal cord. While occasional numbness can come from various factors, such as poor posture or temporary compression, continual feelings of pain may need a closer look.
Unexplained muscle weakness
If you find yourself experiencing unexplained muscle weakness, especially in the limbs, it could be a red flag for an underlying spinal cord issue. Weakness that persists not due to fatigue or overexertion is often a subtle sign of latent injuries.
Difficulty with balance and coordination
An often overlooked sign of a latent spinal cord injury is difficulty with balance and coordination. If you notice unexplained clumsiness or a sudden lack of coordination, it may come from damage or pressure on the spinal cord.
Chronic back pain
Approximately 39% of Americans stated they felt back pain in the last three months in a survey from 2019. While back pain is a common issue, chronic or intense back pain is often a signal of an underlying spinal cord injury. If the pain does not change after rest or over-the-counter pain relievers, it is important to seek medical help. Ignoring persistent back pain may lead to further complications.
Changes in bowel or bladder function
Significant changes in bowel or bladder function are a sign to notice. A latent spinal cord injury can impact the nerves controlling these bodily functions.
Being attuned to some less obvious signs can make a significant difference in addressing latent spinal cord injuries early on. Vigilance is important to ensuring optimal recovery.