Recovering from a Spinal Cord InjuryLast updated on: July 10, 2015
Recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries occur when the vertebrae that encase your spinal cord are crushed or fractured, resulting in damage to the spinal cord itself. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the spinal cord was severed. Oftentimes, damage to the spinal cord can cause some form of spinal cord injury, typically thought of as some sort of paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, is what people are typically familiar with.
The long-term effects of this one somebody’s quality of life can be severe. They can cause problems with breathing, digestive trouble, loss of motor functions, loss of even involuntary bodily functions, and can reduce your ability to even sweat or control your body temperature.
Another thing that people commonly have is some form of chronic pain. Where they may not have complete loss of use, their body may misinterpret movement signals as pain, so the cost of treatment for spinal cord injury can be fairly severe.
Often you’re looking at a lifetime of care and a serious degree of rehabilitation. That can include physical and occupational therapists, vocational counseling and often psychological treatment as well to help you overcome the limitations that you now face with your life.