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The ways a spinal cord injury can change your life

A car accident can change your life in an instant. It can leave you with injuries and medical bills, both of which are stressful and capable of affecting multiple areas of your life. The aftermath can be particularly challenging for people who are suffering from potentially debilitating injuries, such as spinal cord injuries.

What does the data say about spinal cord injury sufferers?

No matter what kind of accident you had, you now face a life with a debilitating spinal cord injury. You may be one of those people who wants to know more about what your future holds. The more information you have, the better you feel you can plan and prepare yourself for what may lie ahead.

A spinal cord injury affects nearly every part of your body

The most obvious part of a spinal cord injury is the restriction of or nonexistent movement of your legs and/or arms, depending on the location and severity of your injury. Even if your inability to move is temporary, other parts of your body could suffer the effects.

Preparing for life after a spinal cord injury

Damage to the spinal cord is permanent. This is your new reality if your loved one's recent involvement in an accident resulted in paralysis from a spinal cord injury. The shock of the diagnosis may still be protecting you from an emotional breakdown, or you may be well past that phase of grief and ready to move forward.

Hopeful advances in spinal cord research

Spinal cord injuries are difficult to repair due to the magnitude of the injury. The spinal column carries a vast network of nerves down the length of the abdomen, controlling most of the functions of the limbs. A traumatic injury, such as often occurs during a motor vehicle crash or from some recreational sport, such as diving, severs the bundle of nerves, leaving no means of control for the limbs.

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