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Study shows benefit of rehabilitation after spinal cord injury

When a West Virginia resident is involved in an accident and suffers a spinal cord injury, they may have to deal with the effects of that injury for the rest of their life. Regardless of whether a spinal cord injury results from a car accident, workplace accident or during some kind of physical activity, the injury can have a major impact on how that person lives their daily life.

Because spinal cord injuries can be so devastating, doctors and researchers are constantly searching for new ways to treat these injuries and to give victims a chance at a more productive life following the injury. According to a new study, for example, spinal cord injury patients who begin rehabilitation shortly after the injury benefit through improved body function compared to those patients who wait longer to start rehabilitation.

The study, which was presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists, analyzed data from about 4,000 spinal cord injury patients in the United States. On average, each of the patients started the rehabilitation process within 19 days of suffering their spinal cord injury.

One of the study's investigators, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, explained that the results of the study mean that after a spinal cord injury, patients might benefit from starting rehabilitation as soon as possible. This offers some encouragement in helping the roughly 12,000 people who suffer spinal cord injuries each year throughout the country.

Science and technology will continue to help people better cope with the effects of spinal cord injuries. However, this type of severe injury can still mean permanent disability followed by long-term medical care. Anyone in the Charleston area who has suffered from this kind of an injury should know their options for getting monetary relief from any negligent party who may have caused the injury.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients," Robert Preidt, Feb. 19, 2016

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