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Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are serious and can lead to loss of some or all of an individual’s sensation and movement, known as partial or complete paralysis. Because the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself, it is important to immobilize the spine immediately after the injury by constricting it in a position where it cannot move in order to prevent further injury. For neck injuries, the patient’s head will need to be placed in a halo, a device that prevents the head from moving. For spinal cord and back injuries, casts, braces and straps may be required.
If the spinal cord appears to be compressed by a herniated disc, blood clot, or other lesion, a surgeon may wish to operate on a patient immediately. Surgery is most commonly performed on patients with incomplete spinal cord injury or with progressive neurological deterioration. Surgery may also be necessary to stabilize the spine in the area of the spinal cord injury. During a surgical procedure, metal rods and screws are attached to normal vertebrae and the vertebrae is fused together.
After the patient is treated and stabilized, rehabilitation starts. Rehabilitation typically includes physical therapy and counseling for emotional support and is designed for the patient and her particular needs. Physical therapy can help restore muscle strength and improve mobility and flexibility. Speech therapy may also be required, and can include teaching the patient how to use different muscles to complete tasks.
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The attorneys at York Law Firm would like to help minimize your suffering and seek recovery for your past and future medical care costs. While we can’t lessen your physical pain, we can hold the negligent or reckless party responsible for inflicting your spinal cord injury and resulting physical limitations. Our experienced spinal cord attorneys are here to serve you. We invite you to fill out a free case evaluation.