Spinal Cord Injury: Questions & Answers

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What is a Vertebra?

A Vertebra is one of the 26 bones that make up the spinal cord. Vertebrae are named after their location and include the Cervical, Lumbar, Thoracic, and Sacrum (or Sacral) Vertebrae. Vertebrae vary in size and shape, depending on the region in which they are located.

What is the spinal cord?

The spinal cord is an 18" long part of the nervous system which is located in between the base of the brain and the upper lumbar region of the human body. The spinal cord controls the motor and sensory impulses that are transported to and from the human brain.

How many people suffer spinal cord injuries in the U.S. every year?

Each year in the United States, over 11,000 people suffer from spinal cord injuries.

What are some of the main causes of spinal cord injuries?

Some of the main causes of spinal cord injuries include auto accidents, gun violence, swimming accidents, violence, falls, and sports injuries.

How old are the majority of spinal cord injury victims?

More than half of all spinal cord accident victims are between the ages of 16 and 30 years old.

Which sex is most at risk for spinal cord injury?

Men are most at risk for spinal cord injuries. In fact, over 80% of spinal cord injury victims in the U.S. are male.

How long does it take a person to recover from a spinal cord injury?

There is no way of telling how long it will take for a spinal cord injury to heal. Each spinal cord injury case must be treated individually, as no two spinal cord injuries are exactly alike. There are many factors that will affect a spinal cord injury victim's recovery, such as the age at which the injury occurred, the severity of the spine injury, and the person's pre-injury health status.

If a person suffers an injury to the Cervical Vertebrae, what are the consequences?

A person who suffers an injury to the Cervical Vertebrae may lose the use of either the arms or legs or, in certain cases, both the arms and legs, which is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia.

What kind of specialists may an injured victim need to see to treat his or her injury?

A person who has suffered from a spinal cord injury may need to seek the assistance of a variety of health care specialists, including a neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and a social worker. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient may need to visit other specialists or may require in-home care.

What are common treatments for spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injury treatment usually consists of neurosurgery where necessary, physical therapy and rehabilitative activities, medical control of pain symptoms, and psychosocial intervention such as antidepressants, therapy, and career counseling. A patient's course of treatment will depend on factors such as age at injury, circumstances detailing the patient's individual physiology, the severity of the injury, and any pre-existing conditions. Bracing, traction, and wheelchair use may be necessary for some patients.

Electrode implants have been used to stimulate the body's functions and have been shown to improve bladder and bowel function, even enabling injured victims to do things like write and eat with utensils. In addition, new avenues such as nanotechnology and stem cell research are being explored for their potential curative effects.

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