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What are the different types of spinal injuries?

Different types of spinal injuries include chronic back pain, acute pain and injuries of the spinal cord or vertebrae.

Different types of spinal injuries include bone, muscle or nerve. Most commonly, spine injuries involve the muscle and bone or what doctors refer to as musculoskeletal and will often improve over time. Injury to the nerves can include the spinal cord itself or the nerve roots that come off of the cord. This often causes numbness, weakness and sharp jolts of pain. Nerve injuries can improve over time as well. However, some people will require surgery to decompress the nerves.

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