An injury that occurs in any part of the spinal cord is known as Spinal Cord Injury. It can affect your strength and other body functions below the area of the injury. Few symptoms associated with spinal cord injury are:

  • Loss of bladder control
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Headache
  • Pain, pressure, stiffness in the back
  • Unnatural positioning of the neck
  • Unconsciousness
  • Inability to walk or move arms or legs

The Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road accidents or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences.

Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Few of the major causes of spinal cord injuries are:

  • Sports and recreation injuries
    Most of the athletic activities – such as underwater diving – can cause spinal cord injury. In fact, it holds 9 per cent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Diseases
    Certain diseases – such as cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis and inflammation of the spinal cord – can also cause severe spinal cord injuries.
  • Road accidents
    Road accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. In fact, 35 per cent of all the spinal cord injuries occur due to road accidents each year.

A serious damage to your spinal cord is not always immediately obvious. If ignored, a spinal cord injury can lead to various complications. Paralysis may also occur due to bleeding or swelling in or around the injury. If you ever experience any significant trauma to your head or neck, immediately seek medical evaluation for the possibility of a spinal injury.

Stem-cell therapy is one of the best treatments for spinal cord injuries. It aims to use special regenerative cells to repopulate areas of damage that result from spinal cord injuries, with the hope of improving the ability to move and to feel beyond the site of the injury.