Without warning, a sudden jolt, fall or other trauma may cause serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries. Potentially causing temporary or permanent, partial or total paralysis, suffering SCIs often has life-changing implications for those living with them, as well as for their families.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, due to car crashes and other accidents, an estimated 17,000 people across the U.S. suffer new spinal cord injuries every year. Understanding what to expect after such trauma may aid those who suffer SCIs in their recoveries.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, after suffering spinal cord injuries, people often need ongoing medical care. This care often involves physical and occupational therapies to help with mobility and accomplishing everyday tasks. Additionally, those with SCIs generally need frequent follow-up visits with their physicians and testing to monitor their progress and watch for potential complications.
In working with their health care team, people with spinal cord injuries and their families will learn what short-term and long-term care their specific conditions need. They will also learn about the potential complications they should watch out for.
Mental health care
After suffering SCIs, people sometimes have feelings of sadness or depression. For those who have such feelings, part of their ongoing care often includes working with a mental health professional. The treatment plans they develop may include medication, talk therapy or both.
Suffering spinal cord injuries may have life-altering effects. However, when their injuries resulted from the negligence or recklessness of others, people may pursue options to recover compensation for their accident-associated losses.