Every day, the spinal cord transmits messages between the brain and body at speeds of 270 miles per hour. The spinal cord allows us to walk, run, or swim. However, for 200,000 Americans who suffer from spinal cord injury (SCI), simply standing up is often not a possibility. This number rises by approximately 17,000 cases a year as a result of sports injuries, car accidents, motorcycle collisions, or falls. Unlike many cells in the body, the neurons in the spinal cord cannot regenerate after an injury, which means spinal cord injuries tend to last for the remainder of one’s lifetime.
"We’ve Got Your Back: New Studies in Spinal Cord Regeneration,"
Osmosis Magazine: Vol. 2020
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/osmosis/vol2020/iss2/8