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Spinal Cord Injuries Archives

Motivation may help improve nervous system injury

As many Ohio residents know, motivation has a great deal to do with accomplishments. This may be true in terms of recovery from spinal cord injuries, a new study suggests. Motivating patients during early rehabilitation may help them recover functionality.

Spinal cord injury may require long-term care

As some Ohio residents may know, spinal cord injury might result in lost motor and sensory function or paralysis. Treatment for spinal cord injuries depends on the degree of impairment as well as the severity of the injury. Research into treatment modalities is ongoing, and some newer techniques may hold promise.

New treatments herald hope for paralyzed individuals

As many Ohio residents know, spinal cord injuries are devastating and affect nearly 276,000 Americans. Such injuries often happen due to motor vehicle or other traumatic accidents and make it impossible to do things previously taken for granted. New medical intervention is being used that might hold promise.

New technology uses brain-controlled prothesis

Ohio residents may be aware that brain or spinal cord injury may result in paralysis. Often such injuries are related to a motor vehicle accident or a fall. In such cases, the injured individual may no longer be able to walk or use his or her arms. Recent advances in technology that enable the use of brain-guided prostheses are holding out hope for many people.

Older patients have more complications from spinal cord injuries

According to a new study, older patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries suffer more complications and have a higher risk of in-hospital mortality than younger patients with more severe ones. The research could lead to better surgical treatments for patients in Ohio and nationwide.

Common fractures of the spine

Some Ohio residents may know a person who has suffered a spinal fracture in a car accident or while on the job. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common locations for spinal fractures are in the lower back, or lumbar spine, the mid-back, or thoracic, and at the connection between the two, also known as the thoracolumbar junction. These types of fractures are usually caused by high-velocity impacts, such as falls from heights or in a car accident.

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