Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day is taking place on 13 May 2023. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) and highlight the challenges that spinal cord injured people face on a daily basis.
In this article, senior associate Nadia Krueger-Young and senior paralegal Kat Velasco-Boyer identify “red flag” symptoms of spinal cord injury and recount the case of our client Miss K, whose cauda equina syndrome symptoms went unidentified.
What are “red flag” symptoms?
Identifying and interpreting “red flag” symptoms are an important part of clinical practice. There are several “red flag” symptoms (ie serious warning signs) which should lead any healthcare practitioner to arrange rapid investigations and treatment for a potential spinal cord injury. These “red flag” symptoms may indicate a serious underlying problem with the spinal cord and warrant further investigation and/or examination.