Admit it, Singaporeans are hooked with football. In fact, there are other Singaporeans who will miss work or school just to watch the live streaming. If you are a fanatic, you will never forget what about what happened on July 4, 2014. On July 4, 2014, there was a quarter final challenge between Columbia and Brazil. So, what happened next?

Columbia’s Zuniga allegedly kneed Brazil’s Neymar which left the latter a fractured vertebrae. This incident will not come to pass for the Disciplinary Committee if FIFA will investigate further. The committee will review the reports and the videos to decide whether they will take action or not. Unfortunately, the Barcelona superstar will miss the rest of the Cup because of his injury.

Fractured vertebrae is a serious injury. Here are the things that you need to know about fractured vertebrae:

  • Symptoms: Fractured vertebrae (of the lumbar spine) is usually related to major trauma. It can cause damage in the spinal cord and it can lead to neural dearth. So, what are the symptoms of the development of neural dearth? Some symptoms include tingling feeling, weakness, numbness and spinal shock. You should watch out for spinal shock because of its gravity. Spinal shock will cause the provisional damage of spinal reflect activity.
  • Diagnosis: There are many ways of diagnosing a fractured vertebrae. Your doctor will actually decide the diagnosis but for your information, your doctor may require a serial haemoglobin determinations. Not only that, if your doctor wants to make sure that there are no organ damage, you will be asked to do pregnancy test, serum calcium test, cardiac-marker test, urinalysis and many more. To be sure, your doctor will require imaging studies to include Computed Tomography (CT) scan, radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Management: The good news is that your injury can be managed so it does not take the whole of you. Your doctor will suggest different management options like non-surgical and surgical fracture management. The former offers treatment without surgeries. The latter will include surgical treatment for the stabilization of the injured vertebrae.

This goes to show that we should be careful with our actions. Though we are not participating in any sport, fractured vertebrae is still possible. If you get injured, it is important that you go to your doctors right away and get treatment. This is indeed a serious injury and everyone is praying for the recovery of the Barcelona superstar. This incident will also serve as a lesson for players.