Spinal Injuries Very Common in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

According to the research, which was based on an analysis of Department Of Defense casualty records from between 2005 and 2009, as many as one in nine American troops suffered a spinal injury during these two wars. In fact according to the analysis, spinal injuries were involved in approximately 11 percent of the nearly 7,900 troops, who are believed to have been injured in these two combat zones.

In more than 80% of the spinal injury cases, veterans suffered spinal fractures. Approximately 75% of all spinal injuries involving veterans in these two combat zones were the result of explosions. Approximately 15% of the injuries were the result of gunshots.

The analysis also comes up with some other very disturbing findings. According to the analysis, approximately 3% of soldiers who suffered spinal injuries died as a result of their injuries, even after receiving medical care. That number does not include the number of veterans who died before they received medical care.

Obviously, the impact of spinal injuries on our servicemen and servicewomen is devastating, and more research needs to be done on why these injuries seem to have increased in these two zones.  The rate of spinal injuries was approximately 4.4 injuries per 10,000 American military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of spinal fractures, the rate was four per 10,000 military personnel.

According to military personnel, the rate of spinal injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts is as much as 10 times higher, than the number of spinal injuries that were sustained in the Vietnam War.

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Spinal Cord Injury Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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According to new research, patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury are at a risk of cardiovascular disease that is nearly 3 times as high as for the general population.

According to new research, patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury are at a risk of cardiovascular disease that is nearly 3 times as high as for the general population.

According to the research which was conducted in Canada, scientists found a 2.72 fold increased risk for heart disease, among persons who had suffered a spinal cord injury. The research was conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The researchers also found that the risk of suffering a stroke among patients, who have suffered a spinal cord injury, was nearly 4 times higher among these patients.

The researchers also noted that there has been a decline in the number of other potentially fatal conditions that are typically associated with spinal cord injury. These conditions include septicemia, pneumonia, and renal failure. However, as the severity of these side-effects has declined, cardiovascular disease has taken over and emerged as the number one cause of fatality among persons with spinal-cord injury.

Researchers found in their study that having a spinal cord injury can magnify the role of certain cardiovascular risk factors including high blood pressure, physical inactivity, chronic inflammation and problems of glycemic control. These are all cardiovascular risk factors even in the general population, but the effect of these factors is amplified when a person has also suffered a spinal cord injury.

Other statistics by the National Spinal-Cord Injury Statistical Centre indicate that hypertensive disorders and ischemic heart disease account for the third leading cause of fatality in patients who have suffered from a spinal cord injury.

Spinal injury lawyers find that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injury in the United States. Fall accidents, assaults, gun violence and workplace accidents can also contribute to these catastrophic injuries.

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Spinal Injury Leads to Permanent Damage Very Quickly

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A new study indicates to spinal injury lawyers that when a person suffers a spinal cord injury, there is damage to the spine much sooner than earlier believed.

Further research into spinal injury is throwing new insight on these catastrophic life-altering injuries.  A new study indicates to spinal injury lawyers that when a person suffers a spinal cord injury, there is damage to the spine much sooner than earlier believed.

According to the research which was published recently in The Lancet Neurology, damage to tissues begins as quickly as within 40 days after the injury.  That is much sooner than earlier believed.

As part of the research, the investigators monitored 13 persons with a spinal cord injury, and used MRI techniques to assess the level of their injury.  The patients were evaluated on a regular basis every three months for a period of one year after they had suffered the spinal injury.  The researchers found that approximately 12 months after the injury, the diameter of the spinal cord had shrunk to approximately 7% lower than it was before the injury.

The researchers also found a number of other signs of deterioration.  For instance, there was a decline in the corticospinal tract which is the area of the spine that is responsible for motor control.  There were also declines in the nerve cells in the sensorimotor cortex of the brain.  Overall, patients suffered more significant tissue loss at the site of the injury and had much slower recoveries, compared to those who had less significant damage.

This research is very significant because until now, researchers believed that it took years for tissue changes to occur in the spinal cord area around the injury.  The finding that tissue damage sets in much quicker could provide more clues about the devastating nature of these injuries.

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Researchers Report Progress in Paralyzed Arm Movement Using Brain-Machine Interface

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According to the results of a new experiment that were revealed recently, researchers have made progress in enabling a woman who suffered from paralysis of both arms and legs, to move her arm using brain-machine technology.

According to the results of a new experiment that were revealed recently, researchers have made progress in enabling a woman who suffered from paralysis of both arms and legs, to move her arm using brain-machine technology.

The technology was revealed recently at the annual conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in New Orleans.  According to the researchers, the technology is based on a brain- machine interface which takes signals from the brain, and transmits the signal to the arm to enable movement.

Spinal injury lawyers have found that such brain- machine interface technologies are being widely used as part of prosthetics development, in order to enable people who have suffered paralysis of their arms and legs to move these limbs.  The technology is likely to benefit not just persons who have lost limbs, but also those who have lost the use of their arms due to paralysis after suffering a spinal cord injury or head and neck injuries.

In this technique, the person undergoes a surgery in which electrode grids are implanted into his brain.  The researchers acknowledge that this is a complicated surgery, because the electrodes penetrate the surface of the brain by as much as 1/16th of an inch.  The electrodes are connected to terminals that protrude from the person’s skull.

When the researchers connected the terminals to the computer, they found that when the woman thought of moving her arm, it fired a signal in the woman’s brain, allowing movement in her arm.

Over a period of time, the woman was able to not just perform simple physical movements, like moving her arm, but was also able to pick up and grasp objects, rotate her arm and wrist, and even feed herself chocolate.

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Scientists Find Stem Cell-Physical Therapy Combination Can Reverse Spinal Injury

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New research suggests to spinal injury lawyers that stem cell therapy combined with physical therapy can help reverse spinal injury

New research suggests to spinal injury lawyers that stem cell therapy combined with physical therapy can help reverse spinal injury, enabling patients who have suffered paralysis as a result of these injuries to experience movement and sensation in their paralyzed limbs.

The research was conducted at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the researchers analyzed about 70 patients.  All these patients have suffered cervical or thoracic spinal injuries.  All of these patients had also earlier been treated using conventional spinal injury treatment techniques, but had not responded to the treatment.

The patients were randomly categorized into 2 groups.  Both of the groups were administered physical therapy to treat their spinal injury.  However, one of the groups was also administered a special stem cell therapy.  The stem cells for the therapy were extracted from the patients’ own bone marrow.

The patients were evaluated regularly over 14 months to determine if there was any change or improvement in their sensory and motor functions.  The researchers identified improvements using the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale.

The researchers have confirmed that there were very few side effects when the patients were treated with stem cells.  Moreover, they also found a substantial improvement in the patients who received the stem cell therapy in addition to the physical therapy.

After about 12 weeks of the stem cell-physical therapy treatment, these patients reported that they have improved sensation and muscle strength in the affected areas.  They also reported enhanced potency, and also had much better bladder and bowel control.  Over a period of time, their bladder and bowel control improved so much that they were free of catheter.  In contrast, the patients who did not receive the stem cells showed no improvement.

Most spinal injuries are the result of slip and fall accidents or involvement in an auto accident or motorcycle accident.  Spinal injuries can be devastating, because there is no complete cure for these injuries.

 

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Nerve Stimulation Can Help Patients Regain Movement in Paralyzed Hands

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According to the results of a new study that was published recently in the journal Current Biology, brain nerve stimulation can possibly encourage hand movements in persons who have suffered paralysis of the hand as a result of a spinal injury.

According to the results of a new study that was published recently in the journal Current Biology, brain nerve stimulation can possibly encourage hand movements in persons who have suffered paralysis of the hand as a result of a spinal injury.

These are preliminary findings from the study which involved 19 people.  The persons in the study had suffered spinal cord injuries that had left them with an impaired ability to use their hands and arms.  These people had limited sensation in their hands and arms.

The researchers paired 2 types of noninvasive nerve stimulation to study the effects in such patients.   The first stimulation was electric stimulation targeted at the ulnar nerve in the wrist.  The 2nd stimulation was a transcranial magnetic stimulation.  In this kind of simulation, an electromagnetic coil was placed near the scalp, creating electric currents that targeted cells in the brain that are connected to hand function.

The researchers found that there was temporary improvement in hand function after the treatment.  Persons who received the electric stimulation saw greater muscle strength, and were also able to grasp and move small pegs with their hands.  However, the effects were temporary, and lasted for about 80 minutes.

Spinal injury lawyers understand that it’s too early to get over excited about the findings of this study.  The study sample was really small and consisted only of about 19 people. The kind of improvement seen was also temporary in nature.  However, the researchers believe that this is a step forward in understanding therapies that can help people who have suffered a spinal cord injury regain the use of their arms and hands.  They believe that using portable devices at home that can assist nerve simulation in this manner could help people see longer improvements in hand function over time.

 

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