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B.L., 17, had a compression fracture at the C5-C6 after jumping into a river from a bridge and slamming into a submerged rock. Fortunately, she was saved by a companion who had first-aid expertise and worked to limit any collateral damage. B.L. was unable to move her limbs, feel touch, or have reflexes in her limbs when she arrived at the emergency room. Describe the necessity for caution while handling a person who may have had a spinal cord injury.


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People with spinal cord injuries usually have anterior or posterior ligaments of the spine torn, and they serve as stabilizers of the spine. Without them, the spinal cord and the spine become too mobile, which can further damage the spinal cord when we move the patient. Also, if there is a fragment of the broken bone, moving the patient could cause a laceration of the spinal cord.

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