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Spinal cord injury medicine deals with spinal cord injury, also called myelopathy. A spinal cord injury specialist is a physician who diagnoses and treats injuries and disorders of the spinal cord that results in loss of movement and sensation. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for there to be a loss of function. Injury to the spinal cord can affect a patientís physical and psychological health, and the physician usually treats the condition for the lifetime of the patient. Physicians in this specialty treat patients suffering from numerous diseases and illnesses, but some of the most common are osteoporosis, Ischemia, Paraplegia, Tetraplegia, Spinal shock, Autonomic dysreflexia, and Neurogenic shock.
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