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The treatment process for spinal cord injuries

No one ever expects to be an accident victim in a serious collision. Not only is the event shocking, but the aftermath of the crash can be difficult to process. The life of victims in West Virginia and elsewhere can be significantly altered as they have likely suffered serious injuries. One injury that is difficult to recuperate from is a spinal cord injury. Such an injury can make it difficult to recover and return to your daily routine and previous life.

Currently, there is no way to reverse the damage that is caused to the spinal cord from a spinal cord injury. While current research seeks to uncover new treatments and innovative medical techniques, accident victims suffering a spinal cord injury will have to endure some lasting effects from the injury for the rest of their lives.

Treatment and rehabilitation plans for spinal cord injuries focus on preventing further injury to the spine, while also empowering the victim to return to an active and productive lifestyle. In the beginning treatment stages or emergency actions, steps are completed to minimize the effect of any trauma to the neck or head. This also includes taking steps to maintain the victim's ability to breathe, prevent shock, and immobilize the neck, as well as taking measures to avoid any possible complications.

In some cases, surgery is a necessary step. Fragments of bone might need to be removed. Additionally, intervention might be needed to address a herniated disk or fractured vertebrae. Lastly, surgery could help further stabilize the spine in order to prevent future pain or even deformity.

Spinal cord injuries require ongoing care. Whether that includes pain management, rehabilitation or ongoing monitoring, victims are likely to endure a future that requires much medical attention. The ongoing treatment for a spinal cord injury can be lifelong and costly; therefore, if a negligent party is responsible for the accident that caused the spinal cord injury, it is possible to file a civil action for compensation.

Source: Mayoclinic.org, "Spinal cord injury," accessed Jan. 28, 2017

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