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The long-term impacts of a spinal cord injury

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Personal Injury

When somebody suffers a spinal cord injury, it can have long-term effects on their physical and mental health.

A spine injury comes with many challenges and ongoing struggles that may last for months or even years after the incident occurred.

Living with a spine injury

A spinal cord injury can cause a range of physical limitations that vary in severity depending on the location and seriousness of the particular injury. Depending on the extent of the damage, people living with a spinal cord injury may experience issues related to motor control, strength and coordination.

Additionally, they may also suffer from the following:

  • Paralysis or partial paralysis
  • Loss of sensation or altered sensations
  • Decreased range of motion and strength in the muscles
  • Increased muscle spasticity
  • Balance difficulties
  • Chronic pain

Long-term health concerns may include:

  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pressure sores

These can dramatically reduce the quality of life and may require specialized care. In addition to the physical aspects of a spinal cord injury, a person may suffer mentally and emotionally due to the overwhelming experience.

Many people with spinal cord injuries require rehabilitation therapy to help with the physical and emotional implications of living with such an injury. Such treatments can help reduce pain levels and promote functional independence so survivors can resume self-care, job training and leisure activities.

One of the most common causes of spine injuries is car accidents. And all too often, car accidents are the result of distracted driving. If you or someone you know has suffered a spine injury due to someone else’s carelessness, it’s vital that you receive compensation. Knowing that your bills and medical expenses will be paid can let you focus on your recovery.