Spinal cord damage cannot be completely cured mainly because the spinal cord, unlike other body parts, cannot repair itself. However, there are different treatments that can reduce the pain, prevent further injury, and enable people with spinal cord injury to return to an active life.
Although there is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord, researchers are continually working on new treatments, that may promote nerve cell regeneration or improve the function of the nerves that remain after a spinal cord injury.
Paraplegia means losing control of movement and sensation from the waist down. So, people with paraplegia can fully use their hands and arms. In the US, it is estimated that approximately 46% of individuals suffering from a spinal cord injury have paraplegia. Paraplegia is most often the result of traumatic injury to the spinal cord or of a congenital condition such as spina bifida, which affects the neural elements of the spinal canal. The area of the spinal cord that is affected in case of paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral region.
Tetraplegia refers to paralysis from the shoulders down (therefore affecting also the upper body, arms, and hands). In case all four limbs are affected by paralysis, you are suffering from tetraplegia.
Currently, spinal cord injury treatment focuses on preventing further injury and empowering people with a spinal cord injury to return to an active and productive life. Unfortunately, the methods for reducing the impact of the injury and for restoring all body functions are still quite limited. For severe spinal cord injury, immediate treatment includes:
Some spinal cord injury treatments include:
In the emergency room and early stages of treatment, doctors focus on:
Rehabilitation team members will begin to work with you while you're in the early stages of recovery. You will be educated on the effects of your spinal cord injury and how to prevent complications, and you will be given advice on rebuilding your life and increasing your quality of life.
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