Spinal Cord Repair As A Marvel Of Medical Research

2010-05-12 | |
Last updated: 2010-05-12
Spinal Cord Repair Research

As far as medical miracles are concerned, high on the Western Culture’s list of such desirable accomplishments is restoring a damaged spinal cord. The ideal of enabling the paraplegic to walk or the quadriplegic to lead a ‘normal’ life is so ingrained that it forms a cliched view of medical progress. Consequently, this cliche is depicted on many television programs that present a view of life in the future.

However, while cliched, this view of restoring the spinal cord as a medical marvel is not unwarranted given the long history of challenges and complexities that researchers have experienced in attempting to do just that. Despite many, many years of trying to repair the spinal cord including efforts to further understanding by growing and repairing lesser nerves, healing a severed or even crushed spinal cord still involves many unresolved mysteries.

How Many People Are Affected By Spinal Cord Injury?

In the US alone, some 12,000 people experience spinal cord injuries each year with roughly half of these injuries caused my automobile accidents. Injury of the spine typically affects young people, with 80% of those affected being under 30. The result is some 259,000 people living with the condition in the US and numbers of 40,000 in Britain, 36,000 in Canada, and 9,000 in Australia. Among those with serious spinal cord injury 50% will be paraplegic and the other 50% quadriplegic (also called tetraplegic).

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