Life after spinal cord injuries in West Virginia

Spinal cord injuries may result due to auto accidents and other incidents, and often involve lasting effects and the need for ongoing medical treatment.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates there are between 243,000 and 347,000 people living with spinal cord injuries across the U.S. After their initial shock and fear wear off, those who suffer such injuries in West Virginia are left to cope with the long-term effects. Often, however, people do not know what these effects are or what they can expect. Having an understanding of the possible complications and treatments for these ailments may help prepare them to face their futures with spinal cord injuries.

A blow to the body, as may be sustained in a motor vehicle accident or due to a fall, may lead to direct or indirect trauma to the spinal cord. Not to be confused with a general back injury, spinal cord injuries occur when the cord itself is bruised, torn, severed, compressed or otherwise damaged, according to WebMD. In addition to causing partial or total paralysis, these injuries may also cause, pain, spasms, difficulty breathing, and bowel or bladder control problems, among other symptoms.

Spinal cord injury complications

Sometimes, spinal cord injuries change how the body functions, which could cause any number of complications, including respiratory and heart problems. The Mayo Clinic points out that loss of feeling suffered due to these types of injuries may make people more susceptible to pressure sores or other skin-related problems occurring as a result of prolonged cold or heat exposure. Bladder control issues may increase the chances for urinary tract infections, kidney stones or infections, or bladder stones for those who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Additionally, weakness and loss of movement may lead to issues with circulation and muscle control and tone.

Long-term treatment of spinal cord injuries

Unfortunately, spinal cord damage cannot be reversed, according to the Mayo Clinic. Therefore, once they have been stabilized to prevent further or additional damage, the treatment administered to people who have spinal cord injuries is primarily aimed at controlling their symptoms and complications. For example, they may be prescribed medications for any number of reasons, including to improve bladder control or to help with muscle spasticity or pain.

Rehabilitation is also a common aspect of people's ongoing care after suffering spinal cord injuries. Physical therapy may help strengthen and maintain their existing muscle function. Occupational therapy, on the other hand, may help people to redevelop their fine motor skills and teach them adaptive techniques for performing their normal, everyday activities. The goal of rehabilitative treatments on a whole is to help those who have suffered such injuries to adjust to the effects.

Planning for the future

Spinal cord injuries in West Virginia often require immediate, and frequently necessitate ongoing, medical treatment. Additionally, such ailments may keep people out of work for an extended period of time and, in some cases, may prevent them ever returning to their former jobs. In cases when spinal cord injuries are caused by another's negligence or recklessness, he or she may be held liable for the resulting damages, including their future medical and personal care expenses. Therefore, it may benefit those who have suffered these types of injuries due to an accident or some other incident to consult with an attorney to learn about their options for seeking financial compensation.

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