What are the treatments?

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While recent advances in emergency care and rehabilitation allow many SCI patients to survive, interventions to reduce the extent of injury in order to restore functions have not yet reached a clinical process.

To date, immediate treatment of acute SCI includes techniques to relieve cord compression, early application of high dose corticosteroids (cortisone methylprednisolone, as early as eight hours after injury, controversial efficacy) and stabilisation of the vertebral column to prevent further injury.