Spinal Cord Trauma: An Overview of Normal Structure and Function, Primary and Secondary Mechanisms of Injury, and Emerging Treatment Modalities
School of Health Sciences
Biology: Biomedical Sciences; Exercise Science: Pre-Professional
Spinal, Cord, Spine, Vertebrae, Vertebral, Spinal Cord, Spinal Column, Trauma, Injury, Primary injury, Secondary injury, ROS, Astrogliosis, Glutamate, Exitotoxicity, Free Radical, Glial, Research, Nervous, CNS, Central Nervous, Treatment, Research, Therapy, Therapies
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Morin, Daniel, "Spinal Cord Trauma: An Overview of Normal Structure and Function, Primary and Secondary Mechanisms of Injury, and Emerging Treatment Modalities" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 746.
The structures of the spinal cord and vertebral column are designed to provide flexibility, while still providing ample protection for the spinal cord deep within. While it does offer remarkable protection against most routine trauma, the spinal cord is still vulnerable to high-force etiologies of trauma and may become damaged as a result. These events are referred to as primary injury. Following the initial injury, the body’s own physiological responses cause a cascade of deleterious effects, known as secondary injury. Secondary injury is a major therapeutic target in mitigating the effects of spinal cord injury (SCI), and much research is currently being done to develop more effective treatment options.
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