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In 2017, almost 12,000 people suffered severe injuries in California car accidents, meaning that their injuries prevented them from walking, driving, or performing other activities that they were able to do before the accident. Many of these severe injuries involve damage to the spinal cord, which can have long-lasting effects and may require many years of recovery for the victim to even approach his or her condition before the accident, if recovery is possible at all. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by another driver, a personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain compensation to cover your extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Signs that You May Have a Spinal Cord Injury

Sometimes spinal cord injuries are immediately apparent after a car accident. If you find that you are paralyzed or have lost the ability to move body parts below the neck or waist, it is likely that you have suffered spinal cord damage. However, sometimes the extent of the injury is not obvious right away. Other signs that you may have a spinal injury include extreme back or neck pain, weakness, numbness or tingling, and difficulty walking or breathing. You may also be able to visibly detect a possible spinal cord injury if your neck or back is in an unnatural position after the accident. If you suspect that your spinal cord has been injured, you should seek medical attention immediately to prevent the damage from getting worse.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_vitamin-d-spine-personal-injury.jpgSpinal cord injury victims often experience depression and fatigue after their injury. Caused, perhaps, by a mixture of issues that range from decreased social interaction, lack of sunshine and mobility, decreased social interaction, pain, trauma, and more, these ailments can be further exacerbated if the patient also suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Thankfully, one study has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation could ease the severity of both symptoms, even among those who are not deficient.

Vitamin D Supplementation for Spinal Injuries

Scientists have previously found that spinal cord injury victims are between four and five times more likely to develop a vitamin D deficiency than those without such injuries. As it turns out, depression and fatigue are some of the most commonly experienced symptoms among those who have deficient vitamin D stores.

This common issue of deficiency was partly responsible for the study, which examined the effect of high-dose and low-dose vitamin D supplementation of 42 spinal injury patients. Those in the low-dose group received 800 IU (international units) of vitamin D daily for a total of six months. Those in the high-dose group were given either 2,000 IU daily for six months or 4,000 IU for one month and 2,000 IU for five months (dependent upon their vitamin D levels prior to starting the study). Study authors then tracked the progress of patients at one month, three months, and six months after starting supplementation.

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Spinal cord injuries can occur during many moments in life. Serious neck and back injuries that affect the spinal cord can result from car accidents, sports injuries, and even domestic violence. Individuals with spinal cord injuries may eventually benefit from the science behind a new type of robot legs that use human legs as a model. Researchers at the University of Arizona recently released a paper that describes the new development in robotic bipedal movement.

Traditionally, robots with two legs have a hard time negotiating the surface they move across even when the surface is smooth. Any deviation in the walking surface like an incline, decline or bump severely throws off traditional bipedal robots. However, technology developed at the University of Arizona may allow for more nimble two-legged robots.

We measure our walking environment by collecting information from our legs and feet and transfer the information to our spinal cord. Information collected from our lower legs is transferred to a network of neurons in the spinal cord, which is referred to as the central pattern generator. The central pattern generator allows us to remain steady when walking without requiring us to actively think.

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