Getting your spine crushed doesn't have to mean paralysis. In fact, there is new evidence that nerves in the spine can regrow and be rerouted around damaged areas to connect with the brain. According to Discovery News . . .

Experiments conducted on mice at the University of California in Los Angeles showed for the first time that the central nervous system can rewire itself to create small neural pathways between the brain and the nerve cells that control movement.


Mice who suffered damage to their spines, in the experiments, regrew some nerves and regained most of their mobility in 8 weeks. Doctors might work on helping your nerves regrow using a spinal surgery robot like this one (pictured), built by Mazor Surgical Technologies. Tiny Nerves Rewire Themselves in Mice [Discovery News]