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If you suffer a spinal cord injury, you need to know what to expect

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When you saw the other vehicle heading toward you, you knew that you were going to be involved in a crash. You couldn’t have known how bad it would be, though.

When you finally woke up, you were in a hospital room. You were alone, so you called a nurse and soon found out that you’d been through surgery and had a serious spinal cord injury. That’s why you couldn’t feel anything below your waist. While you’ve been fortunate to survive, your biggest question is if you’ll be able to recover any of the feelings that you’ve lost.

Can you recover from a spinal cord injury?

To a degree, most people do see some improvement after a spinal cord injury. The damage that has been done won’t likely be able to be reversed, but you may see some improvement with physical therapy and other medical supports. 

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation focuses on helping you restore any functions that can be restored, and then it goes on to teach you how to live with any disabilities that you now have to live with. Some common issues people have after suffering spinal cord injuries include:

  • Trouble with walking, coordination and balance
  • Weak joint movement
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks
  • Trouble being able to participate in recreational activities

Depending on your situation, you may need assistance relearning things like how to get dressed, how to move from a chair to your bed and other actions. 

The driver who caused your crash can be held liable for the injuries you’ve suffered. You may want to consider filing a claim, so you can get compensation for what you’ve been through and to cover the care that you’re going to need.