What Causes the Injury
Different things can cause infant spinal cord injury. Infant spinal cord damage can happen with stressful deliveries due to traction on the infant’s trunk. Meanwhile, the rotational stresses on the brachial plexus, a network of nerves in the shoulder, and the spinal axis (or the second vertebra of the cervical spine that makes up your neck) can cause a palsy-related type of damage. While rare, it is possible that overstretching of the child’s spinal cord occurred during the delivery. Unfortunately, when an injury like this happens, it has the potential to cause your child a lifetime of disabilities.
As the birthing process happens, the child could sustain a partial tear, bruise, or a complete tear of the spinal cord. These injuries will most often impact the neck and the upper middle part of the back.