A spinal cord injury is defined as damage to any part of the spinal cord that results either from diseases like cancer or from trauma caused in accidents such as car crashes. While spinal cord injuries vary depending on the severity of the accident, they come with a variety of unpleasant symptoms. These injuries are typically permanent, and affect the injured and their families for the rest of their lives.
Spinal cord trauma ranks among the most severe type of injury one may suffer in Indianapolis. The assumption that many may have is that severe physical impairments and/or paralysis is sure to follow, yet that is not always true. Many of the 17,000 people that the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports suffer spinal cord injuries each year in America may be able to recover to a certain degree.
After a spinal cord injury, blood flow is temporarily disrupted at the site of the injury. It resumes rapidly, however, and most doctors have assumed that blood flow then returns to near normal levels. A new study published in the May issue of Nature Medicine has demonstrated just the opposite -- spinal cord injuries lead to chronically poor blood flow and a lack of oxygen to the spinal cord's neuronal network. However, research showed that blocking a specific enzyme, and in turn pushing oxygen through the spinal cord improves the blood flow.