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When nerves are damaged from a spinal injury within the spinal cord they unfortunately are beyond repair. However, surgery can be a solution to relieve the pressure associated with the bone fragments or foreign objects that may be forced up against these areas. Relieving this pressure can help the surrounding area of the spinal cord from becoming worsened by the spreading of inflammation.
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Quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury that can lead to severely reduced movement among other complications. The severity at which the patient can be impaired focuses on the section of the spinal cord that was injured and the amount of damage that was inflicted. An injury that involves the spinal cord can be very serious because of its direct involvement with the brain and more specifically – the central nervous system. The central nervous system is responsible for sending messages throughout our body. This interrupted communication can result in severe consequences.
In contrast to traumatic spinal cord injury in the general population, the vast majority of spinal cord injuries in athletics involve the cervical spine. Many of these are incomplete injuries, meaning that some neurologic function is preserved. Participants in the following sports are at a higher risk for sustaining a cervical spinal cord injury: football (defensive player/tackling), gymnastics (dismounting), soccer (goalie), ice hockey (being checked from behind, or hitting the boards headfirst), diving (hitting the pool bottom).
¹Abitbol MD, Jean-Jacques. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2002.