In-depth

Causes

Spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury affects the nerves that carry impulses to and from your brain. Permanent disability commonly results.

Risk factors

Domestic violence against women

Would you know if you were the target of domestic violence? Find out how to identify an abusive relationship — and how to get help.

Symptoms

Broken ribs

A broken rib, or fractured rib, is a common injury that occurs when one of the bones in your rib cage breaks or cracks.

Coma

Coma is often a complication from a severe brain injury that leaves a person unconscious and unresponsive. Many people recover from this condition.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury often linked to auto accidents. Discover which treatments work and which don't.

Tests and diagnosis

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

Eye exam

Eye exam — Overview covers definition, what to expect and results of vision testing.

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

X-ray

X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

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