Know the Risks and Take Steps to Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can happen to anyone, and they are life-changing. The good news is, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk. Knowing the main causes of neck and back injuries -- along with the symptoms, so you can get the proper diagnosis and treatment -- is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and safe.

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 50 percent of all spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. People who are 18-35 are most likely to sustain a spinal cord injury from motorcycle and car accidents.

Twenty-four percent are caused by falls. In fact, falls are the most common way for older people to sustain spinal trauma.

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