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What is the spinal cord and how does it get injured?
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerve fibers within the spine that connects the brain to nearly all parts of the body. Collectively, the nerves and tissue makes up the central nervous system. A sudden blow to the spine can fracture or dislocate a vertebrae in a manner that displaces bone fragments, disc material or ligaments and bruises or tears spinal cord tissue.
Approximately 12,000 individuals in the United States every year suffer a spinal cord injury. The majority of them are male. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries are vehicle crashes followed by falls, gunshot wounds and other acts of violence, and sports.
The average lifetime cost of treating a spinal cord injury is more than $1 million in health care costs and living expenses. The first year of treatment alone can range from $300,000 to $1 million depending on the deverity of the injury. Each subsequent year of treatment ranges in cost from $40,000 to $200,000. These figures do not include indirect costs such as lost wages that average approximately $70,000 per year.
There is currently no way to reverse spinal cord damage. For this reason, immediate medical attention is important following any head or neck trauma. In the future, doctors hope to make additional progress in promoting the regeneration of nerve cells, improving the function of any remaining nerves. Immobilization of the neck and spine following the accident and surgery to stabilize the spine or remove fragments compressing the spine may be warranted.