One fourth of the total population in the world suffer from different types of spine injuries because of various reasons such as genetics, extreme physical activities, and other factors. According to Animal Research Info, about 2000 people in the United States and many people in the world experience traumatic injury of the spinal cord which unfortunately lead to permanent paralysis. The average age i 31, and the frequency happen between 15-25 years.
Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
Spine injuries do not happen only in human but also in animals since spine is present in their bodies and their movements are less synchronized unlike humans. However, unlike humans, there is not enough studies that show treatment of this kind of injury among animals because research focuses more on advancing technology for treating spine fractures and injuries among humans. Fortunately, because of the advances in technology, treatments become less painful and more efficient, though more costly. The rationale behind this is that people tend to ignore the symptoms because they do not want to undergo treatments. Central Texas Spine Institute, PLLC, (CTSI) located in Austin, Texas, is a private medical practice offering comprehensive spine care, including diagnostic services, conservative treatment modalities, and spine surgery. Dr. Randall F. Dryer is an award-winning spine surgeon and respected innovator in stem cell therapies. Dr. Dryer has been treating patients in Central Texas and from all over the world for more than thirty years now. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has earned numerous awards, including being named among the top 100 surgeons in the US by Becker’s Spine. We are one of the top spine centers in the US.
Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries in Animals
There are very few studies supporting the treatment of spinal cord fractures in animals. However, it is not enough to develop such advanced technology for high end treatment. But there are therapies that are applicable to them that will lessen the pain in the spinal cord. According to Dr, Patrick Leadbeater there are several causes of spinal cord damage in animals such as:
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Traumatizing experiences
- Infection/ Inflammation
- Disc diseases
Surprisingly, spinal cord problems and disorders frequently occur mostly in dogs, such as Dachshunds and Pekingese because of their long body. The video below shows a dog struggling from spinal cord injury but was treated by physio.