What is the prognosis for a spinal cord injury?

May 19, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injuries

If you’ve been involved in an accident and want to know how serious your spinal cord injury is, it’s vital that your doctor discusses the extent of the injury and how it could impact you in the future. This information can help you make a claim for compensation that is fair for your case.

What’s the prognosis of a spinal cord injury?

The prognosis of your injury depends on the type and severity. For example, if you have a complete injury, then the signals from the brain have been cut off from the body. This can mean it’s near impossible for the spinal cord to heal. Incomplete injuries retain some feeling and movement, so healing may be possible, at least to some degree.

Nearly everyone who survives a spinal cord injury will suffer from a medical complication at some point, but the management of these symptoms determines the prognosis of the injury over time. Surgery may be done to relieve pressure on the soft tissues surrounding the delicate vertebrae, and this may help reduce the loss of function.

Are there treatments for spinal cord injuries?

There are some treatments, and aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can sometimes reduce the damage to the nervous system. In some cases, limited abilities can be restored with aggressive therapies. If patients are given steroid medications during the first eight hours following their injuries, it may be possible to reduce some of the damage to the nerve cells in the spinal cord.

Electrical stimulation is another type of therapy that could restore some functions like breathing, arm movements or bladder control.

When filing your claim with the courts, your personal injury lawyer will take the degree of severity of your injury into consideration, as well as accounting for potential medical needs stemming from the initial injury.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “NINDS Spinal Cord Injury Information Page,” accessed May 19, 2016

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