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.
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.
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.