Spinal Cord Injury

How Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Focuses on Regaining Independence

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur when there is damage to the vertebrae ligaments and discs, affecting a persons’ ability to control their limbs. Depending on the severity of a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation will be very different. For example, someone with tetraplegia will have no control over all limbs, and may require an assisted breathing… read more

Is Paralysis Curable?

Spinal cord injury diagnoses are often discouraging. An injured spinal cord can cause paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia. They can also be extremely costly to treat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a spinal cord injury victim may pay up to $30,000 a year and more than $3 million over the course of… read more

Could Stem Cells Help Victims of Spinal Cord Injury Recover?

Scientists in a recent study saw dramatic results when they grafted skin cells from a healthy 86-year-old man onto spinal cord injuries (SCI) in rats. The cells produced thousands of axons (nerve fibers) throughout the central nervous system. Researchers converted skin cells into human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Those iPSCs were then reprogrammed to become… read more

Vehicle Modifications Help Paralysis Victims Regain Independence

When a spinal vertebrate is fractured or dislocated, fragile nerve endings can be permanently damaged. If the spinal cord injury (SCI) is severe enough, the victim could suffer irreversible paralysis, which requires lifelong medical care. SCI victims may require weeks or months of physical therapy to try to regain function, and there are no guaranteed… read more

Does It Matter Where I Receive Treatment for My Spinal Cord Injury?

Damage to the spinal cord or surrounding nerve endings can permanently affect strength and sensation throughout your entire body. Severe injuries can cause crippling pain and permanently affect your mobility. Recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) can require extended treatment in an intensive care unit, followed by physical rehabilitation. Physical and occupational therapists work… read more

Omega-3 May Help TBI Sufferers Avoid Long-Term Damage

Most of the damage caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of secondary swelling that can cause permanent nerve and brain cell damage. A recent study shows that omega-3 fatty acids may contain neuroprotective effects that could keep victims of these injuries from becoming permanently impaired. EPA and… read more

Semitrailer Topples Over, Spilling Industrial Fluid in Casper

Hard winds, excessive speed, and a top-heavy load were contributing factors to a semi-trailer toppling over and spilling part of its cargo in Casper, Wyoming on May 30. The truck was carrying nearly 4,000 gallons of CL-23 Crosslinker; a clear, colorless fluid used in hydraulic fracturing. Authorities said three of the twelve tanks were punctured… read more

Three Months after Horrible Car Accident, Victim of Brain Injury Struggles to Walk Again

Four days before last Christmas, Jessica Owen’s life was turned upside down when she and her family were involved in a horrible accident. Jessica, her parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law were traveling on Highway 2 near Stevens Pass when a tree fell onto their SUV. The impact killed both of her parents and caused a… read more

Wyoming and Colorado Accident Lawyers Wonder: Are the X Games Too Dangerous?

The video embedded below shows Caleb Moore, a snowmobiler competing in this year’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, crashing his sled when attempting a flip. The skis dug into the snow when he attempted to land, causing the vehicle to flip end over end, crushing him underneath. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital… read more