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Spinal Cord Injuries Archives

New surgery can restore some hand function to paralyzed patients

A revolutionary surgical technique devised by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis could restore some hand and arm movement to paralyzed patients in Minnesota and around the world. A new study assessing the outcomes of the technique was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Central cord syndrome effects on workers

Minnesota workers who suffer an injury to their spine should rightfully be concerned with more than the direct impact of the injury. The spine is responsible for sending messages between the brain and other locations in the body. An injury to this area of the body can have lasting effects on other portions of the body.

Work-related back injuries cost billions each year

Minnesota readers may be interested to learn that, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, back pain is the second leading cause of missed work, behind only the common cold. More than one million workers suffer from back pain each year. The most common types of back injuries that occur at work are herniated discs and muscle strains and sprains.

New device is promising for spinal cord injury treatment

A Minnesota teenager who became paralyzed a few years ago during a high school hockey game is excited about a new study that was recently published, regarding an electrical device that has helped three paralyzed men make voluntary movements of their legs and lower extremities.