What makes the spinal cord so fragile?
Why the spinal cord so fragile is a question that has left me thinking for hours with no answer in sight. I have always seen people with spinal injuries doing amazing things but why do they have to live with the injury forever why can’t it heal. That has left me speechless more times than I can count. I want to know why is the spinal cord so fragile, where is the spinal cord and what protects it from the environment? This topic should be important to everyone so that they understand what is really going on internally when someone is paralyzed. The spine is made of 33 vertebrae and hundreds of little nerves. The spinal cord in in the middle of all those bones. The spinal cord only goes about 3/4th s of the way down your spine, then turned into a web of nerves called the horsetail nerves. Your spinal cord no matter how small or big the damage is will almost never heal because the cells in your spinal cord are so specialized that they can’t divide and create new cells. Your spinal cord is part of the nervous system and so if you damage it completely the whole nervous system below that point will not receive any brain signals and any point below that the signals will not reach the brain. If the damage is small enough you might get some function back but odds are you will not reach one hundred percent but there are somethings that you can do to make yourself more independent. You could do physical and occupational therapy, find someone to help stretch to keep your muscles loose and so they don’t start deteriorating. There are tons of ways that you can learn a new way of life you just have to keep your head up and stay positive.