Spinal cord, brain, and other serious injuries are frightening, life changing, and complicated to live with and treat. A recent press release by the Shriners Hospital for Children offered up a few surprising and eye-opening statistics related to the prevalence and common causes of spinal cord injuries. Their list included the following statistics:
If you've ever been in an accident, such as a car or bicycle accident, you know how painful and persistent those injuries can be. However, if you also happened to have injured your spine, the lasting damages can be even more severe. What are some of the expenses that occur after you've injured your spine? Take a look below.
This week's Throwback Thursday is centering on National Public Radio (NPR)'s coverage of chronic pain. It's great when a national news source such as NPR can weigh in and provide information about such an important medical phenomenon. Here's the original article for your viewing pleasure:
If you've been following our blog for the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we're taking a closer look at spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a serious and painful medical condition that causes significant back pain. Not only does it make it hard to do everyday tasks like lift groceries, drive a car, and sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, it may also make your work and recreational activities difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy. We don't think anyone should have to suffer from this type of injury, especially when it was caused due to the fault of another person, such as being involved in a car accident.
You may have been reading the sports section of your local paper recently and noticed that several athletes have been out of commission due to something called spinal stenosis. Your doctor may have also brought up the diagnosis to you if you've recently complained of lower back pain. So, what is spinal stenosis, anyway?