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Recovering After A Spinal Cord Injury

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are more common than we would like to admit. In fact, there are between 250,000 and 500,000 around the world suffer from a spinal cord injury. For many years, those with a spinal cord injury had little hope when it came to treatment options and being able to have any independence at all. However, scientists and doctors are always searching and finding new ways to preserve and rewire nerve tissue, restore function, and create new technology to better allow independence for the disabled.

What Is A Spinal Cord?

The spinal cord is a part of the body that transmits information between your brain and the rest of your body. When this cord is damaged by trauma or illness, the nerve bundles in this area may partially or completely stop carrying out these messages. Without these messages, your body and mind are unable to work together and thus harm your ability to move or feel sensations.

Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

While many treatments of spinal cord injury can involve medication and surgery, this isn’t always the case. However, no matter what kind of spinal cord injury you have, you can definitely expect to need some type of medical care in order to recover properly.

Trauma care – if your spinal injury was caused by a traumatic cause, like an auto accident, you should expect or call for immediate medical attention. In cases of traumatic spinal cord injury due to an accident, comprehensive trauma care is crucial for both survival and the long-term outcome by minimizing the spread of damage as much as possible.

This will typically involve medical personnel working to stabilize your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure while your head and neck are placed into a special brace to prevent movement and additional damage. Once this has been done you will be put on a stiff back board to prevent injury while medics load you into an ambulance to take you to a hospital to receive more efficient care.

Surgery – within the first few hours and days after you have suffered from a traumatic spinal cord injury, medical professionals may need to operate in order to remove foreign objects, bone fragments, fractured vertebrae or herniated disks that could be compressing the spine. There also may be a need to use surgery in order to better stabilize the spine.

However, you may find that you will need other surgical procedures later on as well. As you are on the road to recovery, it will be clearer to you and medical professionals as to which functions are not working properly or other issues that will pop up as a result from your injury. This will allow you both to know whether additional surgeries will be necessary to your recovery.

Managing complications – adjusting to your spinal injury is no easy task because it can affect all physical aspects of your body. From losing control of your bladder to experiencing painful sores from lack of movement, there will be a lot of things in your life that will need adjusting and managing for you to recover and regain your independence again.

Physical/occupational therapy – once your condition is stabilized and you have begun to manage any additional complications, it is important to go through physical and occupational therapy to regain lost movement or to learn alternative ways to complete tasks. Typically, your rehabilitation team can include a number of specialists such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, rehabilitation nurse, a rehabilitation psychologist, and social worker.

Recovery after such a major injury is no simple task and can cause a large about of mental frustration and anguish. In order for you to have the best results, it is best for you to have as much support while you recover as possible. Whether you have a strong family unit, great friends, or a loving partner with you, having a loved one on your team can really make a huge difference.

Filing For Disability

While some will be able to head back into work after recovery, others with spinal cord injuries will not be so lucky. If your injury no longer allows you to earn a living, it may be time to look into getting disability to ensure you will get the financial support you and your family needs to live. Most disability lawyers will even offer a free consultation of your case so you can know what to expect and how to begin.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

Recovering After A Spinal Cord Injury

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