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Spinal Cord Injuries Archives

Trauma may result in Brown-Séquard syndrome

Colorado residents may know a sudden injury to the back or neck might result in a syndrome called Brown-Séquard. This syndrome causes a loss of sensory input, muscle weakness and paralysis. Prompt diagnosis may help in treating the symptoms; however, permanent injury might occur.

Researchers study pressure ulcers with computer simulation

Patients in Colorado with spinal cord injuries are more vulnerable to pressure ulcers due to their impaired movement. Pressure ulcers are lesions that develop on patients' bodies when they spend a great deal of time lying down. According to a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, tissues in immobile patients do not receive an adequate supply of oxygen. When an immobile patient is moved, blood flow in the patient's body resumes suddenly, and a pressure ulcer may develop because of inflammation.

Study approved for clinical trials to assist motor function

Colorado residents may know that a spinal cord injury may impact motor function and dramatically impact an individual's life. However, a team being led by an engineer from Stanford has developed a brain-controlled device that may allow a motor-impaired individual to move using his or her thought processes.

What are spinal cord injuries?

Colorado residents may know the difficulties encountered by patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries. These injuries can result in changes in sensation, strength and other function below the level of the spinal injury. The most common mechanism is trauma to the spinal column that causes vertebrae to fracture or dislocate. The vertebrae or their components then enter into the spinal cord and damage it.

Colorado Olympian severs spinal cord in motor vehicle accident

Colorado native and Olympic swimmer, Amy Van Dyken, made history at the 1996 Olympic Games when she won four gold medals. Four years later, she added two more gold medals to her collection. While known for her strong Olympian body, the 41-year-old was recently involved in a serious accident that resulted in her suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

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