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How should you approach spinal cord injuries?

Any type of accident, including a slip and fall or vehicle collision, could cause a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, medical professionals have yet to find a way to reverse the impact of a spinal cord injury.

Even though it is impossible to reverse this type of injury, there are treatment strategies that have been proven effective. Furthermore, medical professionals and scientists continue to experiment with new types of treatments, hoping to learn more about these injuries and how to best treat them.

If a person injures his or her spinal cord, such as in a car accident, it is essential that he or she receives immediate medical attention. This is often the difference between suffering a minor and major injury.

Once emergency personnel immobilize the spine, the person can be taken to a hospital for treatment. During the early stages, medical professionals focus on the following details:

-- Preventing shock

-- Maintaining the ability to breathe without assistance

-- Additional immobilization of the neck to prevent more damage and greater injury

-- Avoid serious complication, such as cardiovascular and respiratory conditions

Every part of the body can be injured, but a spinal cord injury is among the most dangerous.

If nothing else, it is a must to remember this one tip: a spinal cord injury should always be treated immediately by a qualified medical professional. Any delay in treatment could lead to a more serious injury.

No one wants to think about injuring his or her spinal cord, but it is better to be armed with the appropriate knowledge just in case you or a loved one are in this position.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Spinal Cord Injury" accessed Feb. 17, 2015

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