September is SCI Awareness Month
There’s almost always hope of recovering at least some function after a spinal cord injury. But is there more hope after an incomplete injury? Perhaps – at least early on. Here’s what we know:
Spinal cord injuries that did not cause total paralysis have the best chances of additional recovery. In a large study of all new spinal cord injuries occurring in the state of Colorado USA, only one in seven of those who were completely paralyzed immediately after injury got a significant amount of movement back. But, of those who still had some movement in their legs immediately after injury, three out of four got significantly better.
The sooner that muscles start working again after a spinal cord injury , the better the chances are of additional recovery – especially for walking. However, when muscles come back much later – after the first several weeks – researchers have reported that they are more likely to be in the arms than in the legs.
For full research articles see:
David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.
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