Approximately 450,000 people live with spinal cord injuries in the United States. There are about 10,000 new spinal cord injuries every year. The majority (82%) of these injuries happen males between the ages of 16-30.
These injuries result from:
- Motor vehicle accidents (36%)
- Violence (28.9%)
- Falls (21.2%)
Quadriplegia is slightly more common than paraplegia as a result of spinal cord injury.
Is there a cure for Spinal Cord Injuries?
Currently, the answer is no. However, there are many scientists hoping to find a cure. There have been many advances as well. The most exhilarating advances have resulted in a decrease in damage at the time of the injury.
Steroid drugs such as methylprednisolone reduce swelling, which is a common cause of secondary damage at the time of injury. The experimental drug SygenÆappears helps to reduce loss of function.