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One Big Factor for Survival After Spinal Cord Injury: Resilience

By Admin | October 23, 2021

"For someone with a cord injury, your margin for surviving even small mistakes when it comes to your health is really thin," said James Krause, professor and associate dean for research in the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Health Professions.

"So we see people die early," he said in a university news release. "But those who survive tend to be people who are more likely to take better care of themselves, to be employed, to have good relationships, and they become resilient. It's surprising how resilient people are."

About 296,000 Americans are living with spinal cord injury, including about 17,900 newly injured each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

They have included such famous Americans as actor Christopher Reeve, R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass and Hall of Fame catcher Roy "Campy" Campanella.

People who experience these injuries often feel isolated and have neuropathic pain, caused by a damaged nervous system, according to researchers.

They are two to five times more likely to die prematurely, according to the World Health Organization. Among the challenges are inadequate medical care and rehabilitation services as well as physical, social and...(More)

For more info please read, One Big Factor for Survival After Spinal Cord Injury: Resilience, by USNews

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