Approximately 253,000 people in the United States have sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI), with more than 11,000 new cases of SCI emerging in the U.S. every year. Since 2000, 77.8% of SCIs reported to the national database have occurred among males.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of SCI (46.9%), followed by falls, then acts of violence, and sports injuries.
Neurological problems often involve several treatment options. Your doctor will discuss benefits, risks, and results of all treatments with you and will help you evaluate the treatment or combination of treatments best suited to your situation.
Surgical outcomes and the healing process vary depending on genetics, severity of the problem, life style differences, and attitude. Your neurosurgical team can tell you what other patients have experienced, and, based on your history, advise you what to expect during your own recovery process. Studies have shown that patients who participate in their health-care decisions and who receive emotional support often experience more successful outcomes than those who do not. Be sure that you and your family ask questions.