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The recovery process of spinal cord injuries is a long road

You drive on unpaved roads all the time. You know that you need to go slow on gravel. You are always cautious and prepared for things to go wrong. As you drive, you watch the road for any curves, dips or humps. You know that dry gravel kicks up a dust cloud that can impair visibility. You also know it can be hard to stop and easy to lose control on a gravel road. For these reasons, you leave plenty of distance between you and any traffic. You also try your best to avoid any situation in which you would need to accelerate or bake quickly.

Unfortunately, not everyone is as careful as you are. Sometimes accidents happen. Even though you are cautious and prepared, an accident could happen to you based on the mistakes of another motorist.

Car accidents can result in a plethora of injuries. These injuries can be minor, such as bumps, scrapes or bruises. They can also be major, including head or spine trauma, broken bones and even death.

If you are in an accident, you may want to see a doctor regardless of symptoms.

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating. They may require intense treatment and long- term recovery.

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries:

  1. Complete spinal cord injury.
  2. Incomplete spinal cord injury.

The recovery for a spinal cord injury usually follows these treatment steps:

  • Immobilization of the spine. The spine should be stabilized to prevent further injury from occurring. The damage will be assessed. The spine will need to remain in an immobilized state until it has been determined that there is no further risk to the injured.
  • Treatment of inflammation and swelling. Medical professionals will initiate methods to reduce any inflammation or swelling. It is natural for the body to have a swelling reaction to spinal cord trauma. Unfortunately, this can slow down the recovery process and cause pain.
  • Initial rehabilitation and physical therapy. Once it is determined that it is safe, Doctors will begin working to regain movement and motor skills that were disrupted due to the injury. The amount of time this step takes is dependent on the extent of the injury, and will be different for each person.
  • Long term rehabilitation and physical therapy. The person injured may need to continue working on strength and mobility training. This process is again based on the extent of the injury.

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