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Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury effects vary according to the type and level of spinal cord injury, and can be sorted into two main types:

In a complete spinal cord injury, there is no function below the "neurological" level, defined as the lowest level that has intact neurological function. If a person has some spinal injury level below which there is no motor and sensory function, the injury is said to be a complete spinal cord injury.

An incomplete spinal cord injury will retain some sensation or movement below the level of spinal cord injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may recover some walking ability. In addition to a loss of sensation and motor function below the point of spinal cord injury, individuals with spinal cord injuries will often experience other complications of spinal cord injury

A few Spinal Cord injury facts
Spinal cord injury is relatively rare and estimated to affect between 35 to 65 people in every million population every year,
Spinal cord injury is most prevalent in younger males aged 15 -35
The average age for spinal cord injury is 31
Spinal cord injury is most commonly caused by vehicle and sporting accidents
You can have a spine injury including fractured or broken vertebrae without suffering a spinal cord injury.  whiplash and falls can cause immediate symptoms of spinal cord injury which then diminish, whilst in these cases it is may be unlikely that any permanent spinal cord injury has happened its essential to seek medical advice
Every year, about 2000 people in the UK suffer traumatic spinal cord injury leading to permanent paralysis.

A cure for Spinal Cord Injury?
It has been said since the end of the last century that spinal cord injury will eventually be repairable and that research looking at ways to restore function lost by spinal cord injury is showing promising signs, however to date there is no cure for spinal cord injury.  When a spinal cord injury occurs The initial trauma can include both traction, which pulls nerve cells apart, and compression, which damages nerves and blood vessels. Nerve fibres that are detached from their cell nucleus must be rejoined within 4872 hours or function is lost forever

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