Nearly 373,000 people in the United States have a spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), since 2010, over 35% cases were the result of motor vehicle accidents.
Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.
This makes car, truck and motorcycle accidents the leading cause of spinal and paralysis injuries.
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