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How Do People Get a Spinal Cord Injury?

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How Do People Get a Spinal Cord Injury?

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Most people get a spinal cord injury in a car or motorcycle crash. But there are other ways too

You can get one from:

  • A car or motorcycle crash.
    • This is how most people get a spinal cord injury.
  • A fall.
    • This is also common.
  • Violence, that is, when someone hurts you on purpose, like:
    • Getting shot.
      • Gunshots cause lots of spinal cord injuries.
    • Getting stabbed.
    • Getting hit.
  • Getting hurt during sports.
  • Sickness.