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Long-Term Care Following a Spinal Cord Injury

Whether it was in an accident with a motor vehicle or in the workplace, a spinal cord injury can significantly impact the lives of a victim and their loved ones. The treatment plan is often extensive, can last for a long time, and can come with a large price tag.

While it is unfortunate that the damages to the spinal cord in a spinal cord injury cannot be reversed, there are treatment plans that can help promote nerve cell regeneration and improve function. These treatment plans often mean much medical attention and often require long-term care for the victim.

Immediately following a spinal cord injury, a victim will often require medication, immobilization, and even surgery. These early stages of treatment can help stabilize the injury, but with these injuries, ongoing care is often required, sometimes for the rest of the victim’s life.

Victims will often require numerous medical check-ups, surgery to address pain and deformities, various medications, and even experimental treatments. In addition, physical therapy and the use of modern technology, such as wheelchairs, computer adaptions, and electronic aids, are frequently used to help restore normal functions.

The long-term care of a spinal cord injury can cause the victim to endure physical and emotional pain as well as financial hardships. This is why it is important for victims and their loved ones to understand what caused the injury and whether another party was at fault. This can lead to a personal injury suit against that party to recover compensation to cover medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other damages related to the incident that caused this serious injury.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Treatments and drugs,” accessed March 30, 2015