An auto accident on Florida roads can lead to serious injuries that are immediately evident or those that take some time to manifest symptoms. Central cord syndrome is an incomplete injury of the spinal cord and can lead to problems with feelings and movements in the hands and legs. An incomplete injury might improve over time, but it is possible that some or all adverse symptoms will linger.
Central cord syndrome is most commonly caused by trauma or by damage to the discs or bones of the upper spine in the neck, and compression of the central cord can result in damage to the fibers of the nerve tissue. Spinal cord injuries at an upper level can affect the senses, leading to burning, tingling, numbness, or a mild aching sensation. An individual suffering from central cord syndrome might experience the loss of fine or gross motor function, which will most commonly occur in the hands and arms. The legs can be involved in the sensory and function changes as well. In a severe case, an individual might even face bowel or bladder control deficits.
Decompression surgery may be needed to address this condition, and when such intervention occurs soon after an injury, the chances of recovery tend to be good. Function and sensation may be restored or improved first in lower extremities and the bladder. Hand recovery may be the area in which recovery is least likely. Age can also play an important role in recovering from central cord syndrome as those under 50 years of age tend to experience the greatest levels of improvement.
An individual who has been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver might not immediately notice signs of a spinal cord injury. Even with medical evaluation, some such injuries could be missed, slowly progressing over time. In such a case, legal assistance might be advisable when attempting to seek damages from the responsible party.