National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Spinal Cord Diseases is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Your spinal cord is the part of your nervous system that relays messages to and from your brain. It is housed inside your vertebrae, which are the bone disks that make up your spine. Normally, your vertebrae protect your spinal cord. If they don't, you can sustain a spinal cord injury. Besides injuries, the spinal cord can develop
Symptoms vary but might include pain, numbness, loss of sensation and muscle weakness. These symptoms can occur around the spinal cord, and also in other areas such as your arms and legs. Treatments vary but often include medicines and surgery.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)