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How can a spinal cord injury change a person’s life?

There are a few areas in the body that are key to a person’s health and well-being. While every part of the body is important, certain components are important to overall body function. One of those areas is the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves, protected by the vertebrae, that give the body movement and sensation.

As some Reno residents may already know, the spinal cord is an important and delicate area of the body. When the spinal cord is injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident or by other severe trauma, the spinal cord can become irreparably damaged. When a person suffers a spinal cord injury, or SCI, blood flow can become cut off to the nerves and it can set off an onslaught of immediate and long-term health problems.

As of 2005, the most common cause of spinal cord injury was motor vehicle accidents. This is because accidents of this nature are often characterized by a jolting collision that can cause separation in the bones of the spinal column, which leads to injury to the spinal cord. This can result in serious conditions like paralysis, nerve damage and other life-altering conditions.

If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident that resulted in SCI, you may want more information about spinal cord injury so you know how this injury will affect the victim’s life in the short and long term. If the SCI was caused by the negligence of another person, he or she can be held liable for damages.

Source: nichd.nih.gov, “What causes spinal cord injury and how does it affect your body?,” Accessed February 20, 2017

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