There are several ways that the spinal cord can become injured. Certain physical activities—especially dangerous or risky ones—put you at a greater risk for injury. You might have something in your genes that puts you at greater risk as well; certain types of bone or joint disorders can increase your chances of an injury. You are also more prone to these injuries if you are between 16 and 30 years old, older than 65 years old, or if you are male.

Some specific situations that can lead to a spinal cord injury include:

  • Automobile, semi-truck, motorcycle, and aviation accidents
  • Workplace accidents—such as electric shocks, picking up a heavy object the wrong way, or a fall from a great height
  • Sports injuries, like playing football or diving into a pool
  • Physical violence

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