How is a spinal cord injury diagnosed?
If the doctor thinks you have a possible spinal cord injury, you will be kept immobile (unable to move) while tests are done at the hospital. You may have an x-ray, computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests take pictures of the vertebra and can show your doctor if there is any damage. Your doctor will also perform a neurological exam to determine how severe the injury is. During the neurological exam, your doctor will see how much muscle control you have and whether or not you can feel different sensations. All of these tests will help your doctor determine the level and completeness of your injury.
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