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7 common ways spinal cord injuries occur

Spinal cord injuries can be very traumatic and the symptoms may last for life. Those symptoms can also be very severe, such as the loss of feeling and motor skills below the injury level. This can be life-changing, making it so that a person requires constant care and can no longer work.

So, how do these devastating injuries most often occur? Here are seven of the most common ways:

  1. Suffering violent trauma, such as an attack: A spinal cord injury could be the result of either a shooting or a stab wound, for instance.
  2. Diving into shallow water: If a person's neck and back are bent when he or she hits the bottom at full speed, injuries can be instantaneous.
  3. Going through a serious car accident: These crashes, especially at high speed or without a seat belt, can lead to significant head, neck and back injuries. These may include spine injuries.
  4. Falling: Falls are one of the most common ways that people suffer injuries in the United States, and a drop from a significant height or even a short height could cause back injuries.
  5. Playing sports: High-contact sports like football and hockey carry a high degree of risk.
  6. Being involved in electrical accidents: These incidents could happen on the job, for instance, which is why workers must have proper safety gear.
  7. Suffering any severe twisting to the torso: This could happen in many ways, from getting caught in a machine at work to crashing an ATV to suffering an injury at an amusement park.

If you do suffer a spinal cord injury, the cost can be extensive. Make sure you know your rights.

Source: Healthline, "Spinal Cord Injury," accessed May 23, 2018

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