Brain And Spine Trauma Specialist

Lindsey Ross, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Lindsey Ross, MD

Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in , CA

Your brain and spinal cord have some protection from your bones and soft tissues, but traumatic injuries can cause lasting damage and severe symptoms that affect your quality of life. At her offices in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and Torrance Medical Center in Torrance, California, skilled neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, works to preserve mobility and improve your quality of life with minimally invasive spine surgery and other treatment approaches. Book your consultation for brain and spine trauma care by phone or online today.

Brain and Spine Trauma Q & A

What is brain and spine trauma?

Brain and spine trauma refers to injuries affecting your brain or spine because of high impact. These injuries can have long-lasting effects on your lifestyle. 

In most cases, traumatic spinal injuries have more significant and longer-lasting effects in your cervical spine, which is in your neck, than in your thoracic or lumbar spine. Common symptoms of brain and spine trauma include:

  • Numbness below the injury’s location
  • Muscle weakness below the injury’s location
  • Urinary or bowel incontinence
  • Trouble breathing deeply or coughing
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of consciousness right after the injury

Dr. Ross treats brain and spine trauma using an individualized approach. In many cases, she uses neuronavigation for surgical planning and minimally invasive or robotic approaches for your surgery. 

How does brain and spine trauma happen?

Trauma to your brain or spine typically comes from some form of intense impact. That can happen from falling down or from getting hit by a moving object. A few common causes of brain or spine trauma are:

  • High-impact sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Other accidents involving heavy machinery

Incidents like these can result in broken vertebrae and severe swelling. When you get older, your bones become weaker and more prone to injuries like these. 

What are some common forms of brain and spine trauma?

Your traumatic incident might result in more than one type of specific injury within your brain or spine. Dr. Ross assesses your symptoms and might use X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scanning to view the extent of your trauma. Brain and spine trauma might involve:

Spinal fractures

Spinal fractures are breaks in one or more of your vertebrae. 

Spinal cord injury

Your spinal cord is where all of your nerves meet and travel to your brain. Damage to your spinal cord can result in lasting numbness, weakness, or pain in various regions of your body.

Concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Concussions and TBI affect your brain. While concussions are milder and don’t usually result in lasting damage, a TBI can change your brain functioning permanently.

How is brain and spine trauma treated?

Dr. Ross works with you to create a treatment plan that you can easily follow with the best chances of a full recovery. Your treatment plan depends on the extent of your trauma and specific injuries. It might involve:

  • Spinal traction or immobilization
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Open spine surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain relief medications or muscle relaxants

Dr. Ross works hard to preserve your control over your muscles and reduce discomfort and pain from your injury. Brain and spine injuries vary in their severity and their prognosis. Dr. Ross can discuss your outlook with you throughout treatment. 

Experiencing memory problems or widespread numbness or weakness after an accident could indicate brain and spine trauma. Call Lindsey Ross, MD, or book an appointment online for an evaluation today.