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Spinal cord injuries can drastically change a person’s ability to operate as they are used to in West Virginia. Most researchers have focused on how spinal cord injury affects the body, but not many have concentrated on how it affects the function of the brain. Researchers recently learned that injury to the spinal cord can cause sustained and widespread brain inflammation, which can lead to nerve cells progressively being lost.

The recent research is the first time that such a connection has been made between spinal cord injury and brain function. Previous studies involving animals had shown that brain injury could result in cognitive decline. However, not much research had been done on whether these issues crop up after the spinal cord is injured, too.

When an injured patient loses nerve cells as a result of a spinal cord injury, this may result in depression and cognitive problems. The benefit of the recent research is that it may lead to appropriate treatments. In fact, particular drugs have already been identified as being able to prevent the above-mentioned damages caused by spinal cord injuries.

It is natural for a spinal cord injury patient in West Virginia to wish that he or she could reverse the injuries inflicted upon him or her. If the injuries stem from another party’s negligence, the patient has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against that party, seeking damages. Financial restitution in a case that is successfully litigated won’t be able to take away the injury, but it may help the patient to cover any medical care required as a result of the injury and help to address emotional distress caused by the unfortunate incident.

Source:, “Spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration, find UM SOM researchers“, Nov. 17, 2014