Unfortunately, there are at present no known ways to reverse damage to the spinal cord. However, researchers are continually working on new treatments, including prostheses and medications, which may promote regeneration of nerve cells or improve the function of the nerves that remain after an SCI.
SCI treatment currently focuses on preventing further injury and empowering people with an SCI to return to an active and productive life.
Quick medical attention is critical to minimizing the effects of head, neck, or back trauma. Therefore, treatment for an SCI often begins at the scene of the injury.
Emergency personnel typically:
Once the patient is at the hospital, health care providers focus on:
Health care providers also may treat an acute injury with:
People with SCI may benefit from rehabilitation, including3,4:
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