How do doctors diagnose a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries are an unfortunate part of many catastrophic car crashes. These injuries can leave victims unable to care for themselves without assistance, unable to hold down a job and unable to enjoy many of the leisurely activities they engaged in before their accidents. However, with swift, appropriate and advanced medical treatment, many spinal cord victims can speed up the healing process and reduce the severity of their permanent injuries. For this reason, it’s important that doctors diagnose a spinal cord injury as quickly as possible.

Here are the three primary methods of diagnosing serious spinal cord damage:


These are the first line of defense for doctors who need to diagnose a patient in a general way. An X-ray will show problems related to the spine, fractures and broken bones.

Computerized tomography scans (CT scans)

These give doctors a detailed look at various abnormalities that an X-ray won’t catch. Computers will scan the patient’s body and create cross-sectional images that reveal problems with the bones, disks and other issues.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI devises scan the body using magnetic fields and radio waves to create computer images. These images can be extremely accurate when diagnosing problems related to herniated disks, the spinal cord, blood clots and other issues that might be causing problems for a patient after a car crash.

The above medical scanning tests are costly and if a patient doesn’t have medical insurance, it could be difficult — if not impossible — to pay for them and the other treatments a spinal cord injury patient requires. If you want to investigate all your legal options available to pursue money to pay for your medical care after a spinal cord injury caused by a car crash, our personal injury law office is available to help.