Spinal Cord Injuries and Diseases
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down your back inside your spine. Your spinal cord helps transmit messages from your brain to nerves throughout your body, and from your nerves back to your brain. Together with your brain, your spinal cord is an important part of your central nervous system.
If you have an injury or disease that affects your spinal cord, you likely have many concerns and questions.
At Baystate Medical Center, we’re here to answer those questions – and any others you have about your spine condition – and support you no matter what the answers are. Our team of specially trained doctors includes physiatrists subspecialty trained in spinal cord medicine, neurosurgeons, neurointerventional surgery subspecialists, and neurorehabilitation specialists, who are ready to provide the care you need for your spinal cord condition.
Diagnosis of Spinal Cord Injuries & Diseases
When you have a problem with your spinal cord, you want answers. Here at Baystate, we use advanced neurodiagnostic examinations to give you the most accurate diagnosis possible. The right diagnosis helps us provide the right kind of care for your condition.
Spinal Cord Injuries & Diseases We Treat
Our experienced team treats a wide variety of conditions that can affect your spinal cord, including:
- Autoimmune diseases (conditions in which your body’s own immune system attacks healthy body systems)
- Degenerative illnesses and neuromuscular disorders, such as amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and spinal muscular atrophy
- Infections of the spinal cord
- Inflammatory diseases
- Spinal tumors
- Traumatic injuries, such as from car accidents, sports injuries, or other events
Your Baystate spinal cord team will work closely to create a treatment plan. These treatments may involve medication, neurosurgical procedures, or neurointerventional surgery.
Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries & Diseases
The recovery process after a spinal cord injury or disease often involves a specialized rehabilitation plan. We customize it to your specific condition and circumstances. Your rehabilitation plan may include:
We’ll work with you after your surgery or other treatment to make sure you return to the highest level of function possible.