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What is a Spinal Contusion?

Description of the disease

A spinal contusion is a damage to the tissues of the spine, which may be accompanied by varying degrees of disruption to the spinal column's function.


  • Compression contusion
  • Non-compression contusion


Symptoms of a spinal contusion may include pain, numbness, loss of sensation, or weakness in the area innervated by the affected part of the spine.


A spinal contusion may be caused by injury, accident, or other factors.


Diagnosis of spinal contusion includes a physical examination by a physician, as well as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computerized tomography (CT) scans.


Treatment of a spinal contusion may be conservative (observation, physical therapy, wearing braces) or surgical.


Preventive measures for spinal contusions include taking precautions during sports, avoiding risky behaviors, and using protective equipment.


Treatment of a spinal contusion is carried out by a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or traumatologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.