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 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.