Spinal Cord Injuries 1

Monday, September 06, 2010

What if you suddenly lost the ability to use your arms or legs? How would this affect your life? Dr. Edward Hill begins a week-long look at spinal cord injuries in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

More than 1.3 million people are living with spinal cord injuries in the United States.

Every year 12,000 Americans experience a traumatic spinal cord injury. Many other people develop non-traumatic spinal cord injuries, because of infection or chronic conditions.

A diagnosis of spinal cord injury can be devastating. It can be frightening, frustrating and confusing to those affected and their families and friends. They wonder how spinal cord injury will affect their everyday activities, jobs, relationships, dreams and long-term happiness.

The most common causes of spinal cord injury in the United States are:

- Motor vehicle crashes - accounting for 50 percent of injuries

- Falls 24 percent of injuries and the most common cause in the elderly

- Gun shot wounds cause 11 percent of injuries

- Sports and recreation injuries 9 percent of injuries are from impact sports and diving in shallow water, and

- Diseases cancer, infection and spinal cord inflammation

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.