Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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Answers to frequently asked Questions about Spinal Cord Injury

Do people with SCI ever get better?

Yes, before World War II, most people who sustained SCI died within weeks of their injury due to urinary dysfunction, respiratory infection or...

Is there any treatment?

While recent advances in emergency care and rehabilitation allow many SCI patients to survive, methods for reducing the extent of injury and for...

What are the usual demographics of people who get SCI?

The mean age is 33. Most persons are between 16 and 30 years of age. There is a 4:1 male:female ratio and most...

What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?

Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), also known as Hyperreflexia, is a potentially dangerous complication of spinal cord injury (SCI). In AD, an individual's blood pressure may rise...

If the scar forms around the outside (from a bruise), why do the nerves...

Adhesion of the spinal cord to the surrounding dura and tethering of the cord has several potential deleterious effects on the spinal cord. First,...

I understand that 10% repair will make functional recovery, at what % would the...

Let me rephrase your question. Only 10% of the axons in the spinal cord are necessary and sufficient for recovery of functions such as...

Pulmonary, bladder, and skin care?

Spinal cord injury may compromise breathing and coughing. After cervical spinal cord injury, artificial respiration may be necessary and pneumonia is common. Spinal...

What is the level and severity of spinal cord injury?

The consequences of spinal cord injury depend on the level and severity of injury. Surgeons determine injury levels from the fracture site on...

How is acute spinal cord injury treated?

Acute spinal cord injury refers to hours or days after spinal cord injury during which continued deterioration or tissue damage may occur. Shortly...

How many people have SCI? Who are they?

Approximately 450,000 people live with SCI in the US. There are about 8,000 new SCIs every year; the majority of them (82%) involve...