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Spinal cord injuries: Getting the care you need

Oct 20, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injuries

After you suffer a spinal cord injury, you’ll need time to recover. Not all injuries are permanent, but some may be. With between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffering from spinal cord injuries every year, it’s no surprise that the treatment options are starting to expand. Getting access to the right treatment is important to your recovery, and it’s something you can address in court with your lawyer as you work to seek compensation.

When your spinal cord is damaged, the ability of the brain to send information and receive information from other parts of the body is hindered or stopped altogether. In extreme cases, this can lead to death, but often it simply leads to other symptoms that are survivable. The symptoms of this can range significantly depending on the extent of the injury.

For example, if you have suffered an injury to the neck that cut off most signals to the rest of the body, you could be paralyzed, need a ventilator or need other medical technology to support your life. A lesser injury to the neck where only a few nerves are impacted could result in the loss of movement or feeling in any body part below the injury.

Repairing and regrowing nerves is one way the neuroscience industry is looking at helping patients. These nerves, also known as axons, won’t recover following an injury when it takes place in the spinal cord. This is different from other body parts and why most forms of paralysis stem from spinal injuries. What could help is the use of Schwann cells, which could help encourage the repair of damaged axons.

Source: BrainFacts.org, “Recovering From Spinal Cord Injuries,” accessed Oct. 20, 2015

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