Swimming is a beloved summer pastime. There aren't many better ways to beat the heat than a refreshing dip in a pool, lake, or ocean. But pools and beaches can be very dangerous, too. In fact, diving is the number one sports-related cause of spinal cord injuries in the world!
Some say “timing is everything.” That can be hard to prescribe to when the unthinkable happens to a loved one. You are jolted into survival mode and priority number one is taking care of the patient and your family.
But timing is critical after a brain or spinal cord injury. Timely medical care can drastically alter the outcomes for the patient; and if someone else was at fault for the accident, there is a limited amount of time for you to seek repercussions for their actions.
The brain and spinal cord together make up one of the most complicated parts in the body - the human nervous system. This system is responsible for communicating messages throughout the entire body and essentially telling the body what to do. Because of the complex nature of this system, no two injuries look alike and the outcomes can vastly vary.
The human body is as intricate as it is varied. No two bodies are the same and no two injuries are the same. To top it off, the spine and brain together make up the neurological system, the most complicated system in the human body. Spinal cord injury levels can greatly alter the outcome of an incident, as each of the levels corresponds to a different function in the human body.
In many parts of the country, we are in the thick of the onlsaught of snow and ice that are characteristic of late February and early March. As the winter elements build up under fresh layers of new snow, it is more important than ever to remember basic safety precautions that could keep you and your loved ones out of the hospital.
One of the first lessons you learn as a parent is that you are going to start worrying a lot more about things. If you worried a lot about yourself in the past, that concern doesn’t hold a candle to the things you worry about on behalf of your child. It’s one thing to be responsible for your own life. It’s another thing entirely to be responsible for the life of another human.
The human brain is a miraculous organ. It is made up of a combination of gray and white matter, and together with the spinal cord, it communicates messages to control the entire body. But most of us know surprisingly little about this critical part of our daily functioning.
Over one third of the 12,500 annual spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are caused by car accidents. And while that only makes up a fraction of the 2.3 million total car accidents per year, the effects can be devastating for those who are injured.
Did you know that 276,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with some level of spinal cord injury (SCI)? And unfortunately, that number is only growing. On average, there are 12,500 new SCI cases each year.
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