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7 things to know about spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries impact the life of the victim and the victim's family members. Injuries can affect the patient in various ways. It is imperative that anyone dealing with a spinal cord injury, whether you are a patient, caregiver, or loved one, understands some basic points about spinal cord injuries.

#1: Causes of spinal cord injuries vary

Spinal cord injury causes vary almost as much as the effects of the injury. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are two possible causes. Tumors and other medical issues might also lead to spinal cord injuries.

#2: Spinal cord injuries are complete or incomplete

Complete spinal cord injuries result in a loss of movement and sensation below the level of the injury. An incomplete injury still allows for some movement or sensation below the level of the injury.

#3: Spinal shock can make injuries seem worse

Spinal shock can make the effects of the spinal cord injury seem worse in the days immediately following the injury. This is due to the swelling and immediate impacts of the spinal cord injury. As the swelling and changes in the spinal cord abate, the spinal cord shock symptoms should also diminish.

#4: The level of injury matters

The level of the injury matters. Higher level injuries, such as those in the cervical spine or neck, have greater effects than those that are lower. Spinal cord injuries usually impact the functions and body parts below where the injury occurs. A neck injury might affect the arms, but a waist-level injury wouldn't impact the arms.

#5: Severity of effects differ

The severity of the spinal cord injury effects differs according to the severity of the injury. Some patients might suffer complete paralysis of a limb but another patient with a similar spinal cord injury might only suffer partial paralysis. The time between the injury and the start of treatment, as well as the type of treatments provided, might affect this.

#6: Treatments depends on the effects

Spinal cord injury treatment differs on a case-by-case basis. The symptoms the patient is suffering from, effects of the injury, type of injury and location can all affect the treatment plan. Medication management, surgery, physical therapy and occupational therapy are some treatment options.

#7: Compensation might be possible

Compensation is possible for accidents that are the result of another person's negligence. A spinal cord injury patient who was in a car accident that led to the injury could seek compensation from the driver liable for the accident. Having your case evaluated can help you make a plan regarding compensation that can help recoup money you lost the chance to earn or that you had to spend because of the injury.

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