Can diving mess up your back?
It is possible to damage the spinal cord by injuring the vertebrae and discs or by injuring the spinal cord itself. “Severe damage to the cord and nerves emerging from the vertebral column will cause paralysis,” reported WHO.
Why does back hurt after diving?
The cause and mechanism of low back pain in diving requires more research, but overuse seems like the obvious culprit. In diving, you undergo thousands of spinal flexions, extensions, and rotations. This volume increases stress and increases the risk of injury.
What is the most common injury in diving?
The most common injury in divers is ear barotrauma (Box 3-03). On descent, failure to equalize pressure changes within the middle ear space creates a pressure gradient across the eardrum.
What are the side effects of scuba diving?
Diving does entail some risk. Not to frighten you, but these risks include decompression sickness (DCS, the “bends”), arterial air embolism, and of course drowning. There are also effects of diving, such as nitrogen narcosis, that can contribute to the cause of these problems.
Can you get paralyzed from scuba diving?
This can occur during a dive into shallow water if the diver’s head strikes the bottom, causing the vertebrae that encircle the spinal cord to collapse. If the spinal cord is damaged and is unable to transmit nerve impulses to and from the brain, paralysis occurs.
Can you get whiplash from diving?
Sports activities are another cause of whiplash, with rugby and football being the main offenders, although hockey can also result in some nasty falls. Diving, especially if the dive is poorly executed can also ‘throw’ the neck, resulting in whiplash.
When do most diving problems occur?
The most common problem that occurs during a dive is buddy separation. It can occur in low visibility or when one diver descends faster than the other. To prevent this buddies should maintain good eye contact while descending. In low visibility or night diving use a buddy line.
Is scuba diving bad for your health?
Can I be seriously hurt while scuba diving? Yes. The most dangerous medical problems are barotrauma to the lungs and decompression sickness, also called “the bends.” Barotrauma occurs when you are rising to the surface of the water (ascent) and gas inside the lungs expands, hurting surrounding body tissues.
What medical conditions can stop you from scuba diving?
Medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and many cardiac conditions were long considered absolute contraindications to scuba diving.
What is diving sickness?
Decompression sickness, also called generalized barotrauma or the bends, refers to injuries caused by a rapid decrease in the pressure that surrounds you, of either air or water. It occurs most commonly in scuba or deep-sea divers, although it also can occur during high-altitude or unpressurized air travel.