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3 things to know about spinal cord injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2023 | Injuries |

People who are involved in automobile crashes or falls may suffer from spinal cord injuries due to the severity of the impact and the manner in which it affects the body. These injuries can be very serious.

When you seek medical care, the doctor is going to look at the location, type, and severity of the damage. This helps them to determine what types of treatments you need.

Incomplete versus complete

An incomplete spinal cord injury is one that has some nerves still connected. You may have some feeling and ability to move the affected limbs. A complete spinal cord injury doesn’t have any remaining connected nerves in the area of the injury. You won’t have any feeling or ability to move the affected limbs.

Location of the injury

The location of the injury plays a role in how much of the body is affected by it. Spinal cord injuries affect the area below the injury, so a lower back injury won’t likely have as big of an effect as a neck injury.

Probability of healing

Several factors affect whether a person can heal from a spinal cord injury or not. One of the earliest indicators is whether the injury is complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury isn’t as likely to heal as an incomplete injury.

Living life after a spinal cord injury can be very costly. If the incident that led to the injury was another party’s fault, you may seek compensation from them to help you cover the costs you’re dealing with. California has time limits for these personal injury claims so be sure you act quickly.

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