What are common causes of spinal cord injuries?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Spinal cord injury leads to a range of mobility impairments. Of the cases of spinal cord injury in the United States, car accidents are the most common cause. This is followed by falls, violence (such as gunshot wounds), and sports. It is reported in some surveys that a significant percentage of spinal cord injuries are work-related. Because spinal trauma tends to result from very physical, violent activity, males account for over 80 percent of spinal cord injuries.

Common causes of spinal cord injury include car accidents and falls. The spinal cord might be squashed by something else in the body that's not supposed to be there, like blood or a tumor. Or it could be that the spinal cord itself becomes swollen and stops working so well. This is called inflammation of the spinal cord, and it can happen with some medical conditions, but it's rare. Some children are born with spinal cord problems. The damage can happen slowly over time, or suddenly. It all depends on the source.

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