Head and Neck Safety By the Pool This Summer

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Local Tampa area orthopedic ambulatory surgical center, The Bonati Institute advises pool-goers to use extreme caution when diving this summer season. More than 850 spinal cord injuries result from diving accidents each year.

The Bonati Institute recommends pool-goers use extreme caution this summer season.

According to an article published on May 13 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center says since 2005 between three and five percent of all spinal cord injuries have been the result of diving accidents. Read more: http://www.theledger.com/article/20130513/NEWS/305135019.

Diving-related accidents “fly under the radar, but when they happen, they are so significant and catastrophic,” said Bridget Metzger, director of injury prevention and education at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.

Diving accidents represent the fourth most common cause of spinal cord injuries at the world-renowned facility, which specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Males comprise roughly 80 percent of spinal cord injury cases from diving.

Most diving accidents occur when divers meet the bottom of the pool with their heads or necks, resulting in broken vertebra and damaged or cut spinal cords. The result for many diving accidents is the injured becoming a quadriplegic with minimal use or no use of their legs and arms. An estimated 1.27 million people living with spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are from swimming or diving accidents.

The spine specialists at The Bonati Spine Institute suggest that swimmers refrain from diving altogether. Additionally, they urge restraint from drinking alcohol while at the pool, as it can impair vision and hinder a person’s perception of water depth.

About the Company:
The Bonati Spine Institute was founded in 1985 by Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, and is the recognized leader in advanced spine surgery. Over the past 10 years, they have a documented, patient-reported over 90 percent surgery success rate with their specialized procedures.

Their physicians are the pivotal part of the surgical process. Upon arrival, patients will meet and discuss specific issues with highly trained and experienced neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeons. These physicians are the same ones who will be performing every step of the surgical process.

The Bonati Procedures represent the state of the art. Since 1991, these patented methods and instruments have been at the forefront of advanced spine surgery and eliminate the need for traditional invasive open spine and spinal fusion surgeries. From open wound to the most advanced spine surgical procedures, the Bonati Procedures have led the way for more than 25 years for better, safer, results-oriented surgical procedures of the spine. The Institute specializes in spinal fibrosis treatment, herniated disc treatment, spinal cord compression therapy among many others. For more information on The Bonati Spine Institute visit their website at http://www.bonati.com.

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