Hyundai is known for their dependable construction of vehicles for traveling on the road, but they are now getting special attention for the technology they are developing for paraplegics. Scientists have been working hard for centuries to come up with a cure for paralysis, and there have been somewhat promising developments in recent years.
Spinal shock is the temporary reduction of or loss of reflexes following a spinal cord injury (SCI). Reflexes -- such as the ability to pull your hand away from a hot stove without thinking -- are controlled by the autonomic nervous system. In general, the more severe the injury, the more severe the autonomic dysfunction will be. However, spinal shock alone cannot be used to determine prognosis or assess the severity of a spinal cord injury.
You may not realize how much of the pain you experience with your spinal cord injury (SCI) day to day you could have complete control over. The mental component of pain is something that researchers have been analyzing for many years. It has been found through their extensive studies that “our perception of an injury can have a stronger influence on how much pain we experience than the actual tissue damage that has occurred.”
Scientists have begun using stem cell injections to treat those who have been paralyzed in accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury. In March 2016, Kristopher Boesen (Kris) was in a car accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. After the accident, Kris had difficulty breathing on his own due to his injuries and was told he may never be able to regain control of his limbs again.
Most families and individuals have been fortunate enough to never have personally encountered a spinal cord injury (SCI), but for the thousands affected each year, an SCI is among the most devastating life events one can experience. Life is often never the same again after such an incident. So it falls to a patient’s family and friends to offer support and help him or her remain steadily on the difficult road to recovery and rehabilitation.
The spinal cord is a complex cylinder of nerves that starts at the base of your brain and runs down the vertebral canal to the backbone. It is part of the body’s collection of nerves, called the central nervous system, along with the brain. In each of the spinal cord’s many segments lives a pair of roots that are made up of nerve fibers. These roots are referred to as the dorsal (which is towards the back) and the ventral (which is away from the back) roots.
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly difficult for the nervous system to recover from. There are a large number of people that are in recovery and hoping for a cure for this condition. Every year 11,000 new cases occur in the United States alone. As this number rapidly continues to multiply, scientists are diligently working to identify the next breakthrough in technology that will provide a cure for paralysis.
More than 90 million Americans are caring for a loved one and nearly half of family caregivers do so within their own home. Spinal cord injuries not only have a dramatic effect on the lives of the victims, the lives of those caring for them must change as well. Because there are so many people going through this extremely difficult situation, a large amount of resources for caregiver support have been developed.
The Spinal Cord Information Network determined there are about 11,000 cases of spinal cord injuries happening every year in the United States. Injury in the spinal cord is one of the most dangerous threats to an individual’s life depending on the location and completeness of the injury.
Those who participate in high-impact sports are the most likely to suffer from cervical fractures (a broken neck). In the US, “the overall incidence of cervical spine fracture without spinal cord injury is 3.0%.” There are a number of health complications that can follow an injury to the neck, and those who are able to walk again after it occurs are very lucky.