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Spinal Compression, Paraplegia, and Quadriplegia Care Differences


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8/25/2014
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You were diagnosed with paraplegia about three years ago, and since then, you’ve been attending as many therapy sessions and experimental treatments at the Rehabilitation Institute of SWLA as you can afford. You’ve also been intensively researching and performing exercises and recommended therapeutic remedies that you find online for spinal cord injuries, hoping that something will help. Unfortunately, you feel as though you’re at exactly the same place as you were two years ago.

Is it possible, that the treatments and therapy you’ve been exhaustively putting yourself through, aren’t the best techniques for your specific injury? Or, are all spinal cord injury (SCI) treatments the same, and you’re just not responding to them?

Various Treatment Techniques for Varying Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is an extremely delicate network of nerves, muscles and tendons that basically act as the communication hub for your brain to control your body’s functions. Much like for a broken a computer, there isn’t a “control-alt-delete” option that will magically treat all the problems. 

In other words, since the spinal cord is so complex, and various injuries cause different symptoms and effects, one treatment isn’t good enough to treat all types of injuries. Although some treatments are similar, the more research, experiments and exploration that is being done, is helping to create more specified care per injury for better treatment overall. Some of these treatments include:

  • For paraplegia – Surgery, stem cell therapy, braces to stabilize the midsection, physical therapies, tests to strengthen muscles and motility.
  • For spinal compression – Traction therapy, aqua therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, surgery, medication, back and leg braces.
  • For quadriplegia – Braces and stabilizing units to cradle the head and neck, stem cell therapies, technologically advanced wheelchairs and mobility aids, extensive physical and psychological therapies, counseling, and electroconvulsive therapy.

 

New research is constantly providing new avenues for SCI treatments, therapies, and advancements. Treatments are becoming more specifically designed, to target and help individual injury types, while also factoring in different levels of severity. 

Hopefully, with some luck and continued medical determination, the 275,000+ victims, currently living in the U.S. with some form of a paralytic SCI, will soon have the treatment they require and deserve to get back on their feet. Until then, current treatments must be used for an optimum chance of recovery.

If you’ve recently been a victim of an accidental spinal cord injury and need help filing an injury claim, contact us today. We can help you get the compensation you need for the treatment you deserve. We know how frustrating and complicated accident claims can be, especially when you’re severely injured; but you don’t have to go through it alone. Let our experience and knowledge work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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