Spinal cord injuries in Georgia can result from various situations. Some of the most common are motor vehicle accidents, violent acts and falls. But spinal cord injuries can also stem from non-traumatic injuries. For example, blood loss and tumors can damage the spine. Reduced blood flow caused by a restricted blood vessel can also cause damage.
Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis. The severity, location and symptoms of the injury usually determine if paralysis occurs. Upper spine Injuries can cause paralysis to the arms, legs and torso. Lower and middle spine injuries can cause paralysis to the torso and lower limbs. Other symptoms can develop in the absence of paralysis. Weakness, neurological problems, and loss of sensation are possible.
Paralysis is sometimes permanent. The cause of the paralysis and the extent of the damage can affect whether or not the paralysis is permanent. The location of the spinal injury also plays a role. Often, total or partial paralysis recovery is possible with rehabilitation and medical treatment.
In 2021, the University of Washington scientists helped six paralyzed people temporarily regain mobility in their arms and hands. Scientists accomplished this by combining physical therapy and spinal cord nerve cell stimulation.
However, not every paralysis situation is the same. And what works for one person’s body might not work for someone else. Medical research on reversing paralysis is ongoing.
Living with a spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injuries vary in severity. Even if paralysis doesn’t occur, spine injuries can have long-term mental and physical effects. Rehabilitation and treatment are important for helping people with spinal cord injuries manage the situation.