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The management of patients with spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injury can affect people of all ages but, statistically, the 15 to 35-year-old age group is the most vulnerable (Desjardins, 2002). It is estimated that two to three per cent of all trauma patients sustain cervical spine injuries and that, of these, three to 25 per cent have extension of those injuries as a result of delays in diagnosis or unwarranted manipulation in the accident and emergency department (Banit et al, 2000).

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