Each year there are an estimated 17,550 new spinal cord injury cases in the United States. The spine is the body’s central support system. Its column consists of thirty-three individual bones stacked on top of one that protect the spinal cord. The spine’s three main functions are to allow the individual to stand upright, to bend and twist, and protect the spinal cord from injury. It’s S-shaped curves act as a shock absorber for the body, help the individual maintain their balance, and provides a range of motion throughout the spinal column. The spinal cord, which is encased within the spinal column, is long, thin, and contains nerve tissue to send messages from the brain to different parts of the body. It also sends messages from sensory receptors over the entire body to the brain and organizes reflexes do not go through the brain are controlled by the spinal cord. Injuries to the spinal cord can occur because of a hit or cut of the spinal cord, often causing permanent loss of function and strength below the injury site. Our expert witnesses, speakers, and consultants on the spine are scholars and researchers from major universities and professionals whose specialties span many disciplines such as Biomechanics, Neurosurgery, Physical Therapy, and Surgery. Areas of expertise include, Biomechanics, the Brain, Imaging, Neurosurgery, Pain, Physical Therapy, Surgery, and Traumatic Brain Injury. They have testified in various legal cases for the plaintiff and defense.
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