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Treatment plans for a spinal cord injury

When accidents occur in Nevada, serious injuries could result. There are few injuries more serious than a spinal cord injury, and when an accident victim suffers such tragic harm, there is nothing that can be done, the reverse or undo the harm caused.

Broken bones, lacerations or contusions are all injuries an accident victim will likely face. But, injuries to the spinal cord results in a victim living with these damages for the rest of their lives because there is no known way to reverse these damages. Nonetheless, there are treatment plans that can help reduce the impact of these injuries.

After initial and emergency care has been completed following a spinal cord injury, an accident victim will be presented with their treatment options. This can range greatly, and it often depends on the severity and location of the spinal cord damage. The main focus is on maintaining one’s current abilities, taking steps to reduce further damage to the spinal cord and determining what care and rehabilitation could help a victim regain abilities.

Treatment plans for spinal cord injuries could include surgery, traction, steroid medications and even experimental treatments. Rehabilitation is used to help strengthen the body and relearn certain skills. Whether it is physical therapy, using assistive devices, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, recreational therapy, functional electrical stimulation or coping strategies to deal with the pain, certain treatments and rehabilitations plans could help an accident victim regain certain abilities.

A spinal cord injury has the ability to disrupt and completely alter a victim’s life. The treatment for such an injury is ongoing, and overtime, can be very costly and emotionally taxing. Thus, it is important for accident victims to understand how the accident occurred and their rights thereafter.

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