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Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosis, Treatment, And Recovery: Insight From the Best Spinal Cord Personal Injury Lawyers


Spinal cord injuries are caused by physical damage resulting in trauma, loss of normal blood supply, or compression due to a tumor or infection. The spine is a sensitive area, especially when it endures an injury. Compared to other body parts, the spinal cord does not heal once it’s been damaged.

Diagnosis


To diagnose a spinal cord injury, you must get a physical examination. Within this exam, you will be tested on your sensitivity to touch for the doctor to see whether your arms and legs are still healthy. Additionally, they will determine whether you still have any muscle reflexes or strength. You may potentially be asked to wear a cervical collar for immobilization reasons until your doctor has a final determination on whether or not you are suffering from a spinal cord injury. 

The next step of a diagnosis is to get an X-ray on either your neck or back area. This will help the doctor figure out if your vertebrae are dislocated or fractured. However, there is still a chance of a spinal cord injury without having any injury done to the vertebrae. X-rays may also be able to determine if you have a tumor, infection, or intense arthritis. 

The final step is to take a computed tomography (CT) scan. This will give the doctor a clearer view of your vertebrae. Generally, CT scans have better visuals compared to what X-rays have to offer. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is also another option to consider. This is an advanced approach to identifying a spinal cord injury. MRI excels at finding damage in soft tissues, such as the nerves, ligaments and intervertebral discs, and spinal cord.

Treatment


Once the doctor confirms that you have a spinal cord injury, they will give you recommendations on what treatments you should take to help you during your recovery process. Currently, researchers are working on finding new treatments and medicine to offer better-lasting effects on the individual’s health. As of now, there are still many ways to treat the spine. This includes:

  • Medication. Intravenous (IV) methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) was commonly used to help with the recovery process of a spinal cord injury. However, it had several side effects that outweighed the benefits. Side effects were blood clots and pneumonia. Due to this reason, it was taken out as a recommended treatment. Besides this, there are other medications that doctors will prescribe to help you with pain, bowel control, bladder control, and sexual performance.
  • Surgery. This is a necessary route to take for doctors to remove bone fragments, fractured vertebrae, or herniated disks. Additionally, this will help the individual suffer less pain. 
  • Immobilization. You will need to have your spine stabilized after injuring it. This will help align it properly. There are various objects or furniture that could help with this process. Neck braces and beds designed for immobilization are examples of commonly used equipment that are made to improve an injury.
  • Rehabilitation. Throughout your recovery stage, you will have a rehabilitation team helping you. This includes having a physical therapist, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, social worker, spinal cord injury specialist, or a rehabilitation psychologist or nurse. Therapists will focus on making your muscles stronger and enhancing your motor skills to help you perform day-to-day activities. 
  • Technology. There are different types of technology and equipment that help individuals by giving them more mobility and independence. This includes:
    • Standard wheelchairs or electric wheelchairs. These will make mobility easier for individuals suffering from a spinal cord injury. Depending on an individual's preference or circumstances, they may choose either type of wheelchair that appropriately suits their needs. 
    • Electronic aids. Instead of individuals physically moving around to perform certain tasks, they use voice-controlled and computer-based systems to make it more convenient for them to complete their activities. 
    • Clinical electrical stimulation (CES) device. This device will control the individual’s arm and leg muscles to help them when it comes to walking, standing, gripping or reaching.

Recovery


Recovery generally starts after a week or six months after the initial date of the spinal cord injury. However, other individuals may start seeing results of improvement within one to two years after their injury. There is no exact answer for how long an individual recovers off of a spinal cord injury. Everyone has a different experience.

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If you are a victim of spinal cord injury due to another individual’s negligence, West Coast Trial Lawyers has certified personal injury attorneys with extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. We will help you recover financial and emotional damages. This includes medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. There are no fees until your case has been settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].

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